The two engineering colleges for girls in the state,Madhuben and Bhanubhai Patel Women ICT College(MBICT) at Vallabh Vidyanagar and Sabar Institute of Technology for Girls (SITG) at Tajpur in Sabarkantha,are not getting adequate number of students.
The intake capacity of MBICT is 500,while that of SITG is 420. However,authorities of both colleges said hardly 40-42% of their seats have filled up since the colleges began operating in 2009.
As the fees collected from students is the only source of revenue,the insufficient number of students is creating financial problems for the two self-financed institutes that receive no grants.
According to MBICT principal,Vithal N. Kamat,the high tuition and hostel fees was one reason for girl students not joining the college,despite the college providing security to its students. Last year,only 200 seats of the 500 seats were filled in the college. The annual fee of the two institutes ranges from Rs 60,000 to Rs 70,000.
Kamat asked for the state government to follow the example of Daman and Diu that provides 50% discount to students on tuition fee even in private colleges. Though the Gujarat government charges Rs. 1500 annual tuition fee from students in state-run engineering colleges,it does not give subsidies to those studying in self financed institutes.
SITG principal,V V Rajeev,said many parents did not send their daughters to other cities due to safety reasons.
Since both the colleges are located away from Ahmedabad or Vadodara and there are not enough students coming from local areas,many seats go vacant.
According to Rajeev,some parents are not willing to spend much on girls education and hence parents avoid admitting their daughters to self financed girls colleges that are comparatively costlier.
However,both Kamat and Rajeev remained firm the colleges would not close down or convert into co-educational institutes,as they were opened to provide engineering education to girls in a safe environment.