New Delhi: Admission mania is over, city newspapers have moved on to the next big news story, monitoring devices have been successfully installed in colleges to check ragging and the new academic term has got well under way.
But hold on! Pray what has happened to those students who have not succeeded in securing admission in academic institutions in the Capital? Given the way, the percentage cut-offs have determined admission criteria, surely there must be plenty of aspirants left holding their mark sheets but with no class rooms to enter. This inspite of the plethora of private institutes - recognized and non recognized - that have sprung up to fill in the gap rising out of an acute demand-supply shortage.
According to a Survey carried out by industry chamber, Assocham, nearly 2.3 lakh students in and around Delhi are left groping in the dark, trying to zero in on their preferred career choice due to non-availability of seats.
* 3.5 lakh students are estimated to have applied for admissions in Delhi university and other professional institutions for 2007-08, of which only 1,20,000 students have enrolled for academic and other specialized job oriented courses
* Colleges in Delhi university have been able to accommodate only 70,000 students from across the country in different branches of academia in 80 plus colleges.
* The NCR’s professionally managed institutions numbering over 200, offering courses in hotel and retail management, fashion designing, designing courses in leather and textiles and animation, gems and jewellery, ITeS, journalism and travel and tourism will accommodate approximately 50,000 students.
* Private and government institutions in Delhi and NCR should increase seats, especially in courses that impart knowledge and training skills in rising sectors so that issues of job employability are also addressed.
*Set up more institutes inRs.B Category Cities’ especially with a view to accommodate students in courses that do not require very high percentages and can capitalize on skill training.
* Hotel management, retail management, journalism and mass media, aviation, tourism, hospitality are areas where many students can be accommodated and there is more scope for institutes to come up.
* Other emerging sectors where there is a shortfall of qualified professionals is leather, footwear, textiles and jewellery design.
Travel industry is estimated to need 10 million professionals at different levels in India. Presently, the hospitality industry is employing as many as one in ten people worldwide. In the UK alone, the industry employs over 1.8 million people.
It is estimated that the industry will require 30,000-35,000 trained people at managerial and supervisory levels every year till 2010 to fulfil its potential. At present, compared to the demand for skilled professionals there are relatively few students undertaking college and university courses in hospitality.