The university released the pass percentages, which showed that of the 5.25 lakh students who took up the odd semester exams in 2017, only 2.25 lakh passed.

Only 43 students pass in Anna Universitys affiliated colleges says new data
news Education Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 15:54

Anna University on Tuesday released the pass percentage of its non-autonomous affiliated colleges for the April/May (even semester) and November/December (odd semester) 2017 examinations. Of the 5.25 lakh students who took up the odd semester exams, only 2.25 lakh have passed. Close to 57% of engineering students enrolled in affiliated colleges failed their exams. 

The announcement comes ahead of the Engineering counselling, set-up to help students choose better. While Anna University has been releasing such numbers since 2005, the trends, however, have not changed for the better.

Nevertheless, the numbers are only a guide point and therefore cannot be taken as a uniform scale to measure college rankings, said an Anna University official. “Students will also have to consider faculty, facilities, etc., before deciding upon a college,” it added.

Also, the numbers released by Anna University cannot become the colleges’ ranking. For instance, in 2017 November-December exams, 1309 students had appeared from PSG Institute of Technology and Applied Research, Coimbatore, of which 1135 passed, gaining a top spot for the college with 86.71% pass percentage.

Whereas, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering had 3650 students appear for the November-December semester, of which 3094 of them had cleared all subjects, resulting in the college coming third with 84.77%.

As per the release, of the 497 colleges that took part in the November-December examinations, only 115 colleges have scored above 50% pass percentage.

Less than 25% of the colleges affiliated to Anna University have scored above 50% pass percentage during the November-December semester exams. Sixty-one colleges secured less than 10% pass percentage.

Talking to TNM, an official from the University said the reason for the poor pass percentage could be attributed to many reasons: “In addition to academic performance of a particular college, the facilities offered should also be considered. Overall training also has to be improved in affiliated colleges.”

So does having an entrance exam for Engineering courses ensure better pass percentage among students? “It definitely will. The Union Government had already announced entrance exams for Engineering colleges. But it seems to be on hold; it would be highly beneficial if it were to be implemented,” said the official.

As for the April-May 2017 semester (even semester exams), of the 505 colleges whose results have been uploaded, only 234 institutions have registered 50% pass percentage.

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