Engineering courses appear to be losing their sheen among students in Telangana. According to data presented in the Rajya Sabha recently barely half of the number of approved seats were filled between 2014 and 2016. The data further said that during the same period, the number of engineering institutes had gone done from 404 in 2014 to 377 in 2016. Further, the approved intake dropped by over 60,000 in the state. Data further revealed that over 50 colleges had opted out of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) affiliation process and several others had closed their operations from the 2017-18 academic year. With the result, the approved intake is likely to drop further. According to industry observers there is an absolute imbalance between number of colleges and number of students opting for technical courses. Only if approved intake is cut by 50%, then there are chances of not having a single vacant seat.