Nearly 70% students fail in 1st year B.TECH exams

06/08/2010 21:05

 HYDERABAD: Of the 90,000 students who enrolled into JNTU-affiliated engineering colleges last year, 62,000 failed in their first year engineering exam, the results of which were declared on Wednesday. The exams were held in May. “So much for this craze to become engineers,” said an analyst. 

Officials from JNTU said that over 40 colleges in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts have got a pass percentage less than 10. Also over 25 per cent of the students who failed the examinations scored less than 10 percent in aggregate. 

D N Reddy, JNTU vice chancellor, however, said that the pass percentage of first year students is poor this year as proper instruction had not happened in classrooms in the academic year 2009-10. “The number of working days were far less than 180 due to several reasons including political ones,” he said. 

According to JNTU rules, the failed candidates will have to write supplementary and clear the test before appearing for second year examinations. 

When asked about the reasons for low pass percentage, JNTU officials said that the downward slide in the pass percentage is due to an increase in the number of students taking admission in engineering colleges. 

“Even students who get poor ranks in Eamcet take admission in engineering colleges as there is no dearth of seats. And the number of engineering colleges have increased multifold by the year leading to a decline in the quality of education. Both factors have contributed to poor percentage in final year results,” said Dr K Ramamohan Reddy, controller of examinations, JNTU-Hyderabad.