Indeed: if the number of such institutions I saw from my APSRTC bus window along the Chittoor - Chennai highway is any indication, India is turning out engineers in phenomenal numbers. At any rate, we are putting up engineering colleges in phenomenal numbers.
We passed many before I had the sense to pull out my little diary and start writing down names, so I have only a short list, only from one side of the highway, and seen within the last 30 minutes or so of my journey. That list;
- King's Engineering College.
- Sakthi Mariamman Engineering College.
- Sri Padmavathi Engineering College.
- Saveetha Engineering College (circular, vaguely spaceship-like building).
- Sree Sastha Institute of Engineering.
- Panimalar Engineering College (click on "Faculty" and note the photographs of remarkably identical, remarkably attentive students).
- SKR Engineering College.
- DMI Engineering College.
- Srinivasa Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Nor is this restricted to this part of Tamil Nadu. Driving from Agra to Delhi in February, we passed engineering institutes in similar numbers. What is going on here? Do all these places have facilities? Students? Faculty? Well, Abi tells us of one such place which finds it hard to list faculty. And I've not found any faculty listed for any of the ones I've listed above. They do talk of alumni and placement, though. How do you have alumni without faculty, I would love to find out.
Then of course, somewhere between Saveetha and Sree Sastha (I think), we passed the Alpen Blitz amusement park. Cars creeping, beetle-like, up the slope of a convoluted roller-coaster. An interminably long cable-car system, dotted with hanging cars filled with one or more humans each. Their feet out in front of them, silhouetted against the twilight sky, travelling from one end of the park to the other, looking down at roller-coasters and parked cars. Just the thing for a lazy Saturday evening. Do Saveetha's students go take cable-car rides, or roller-coaster creeps, for leisure? What about its faculty?