Keeping in view the slackening demand for engineering courses over the last few years, private engineering colleges in Madhya Pradesh are on the way to voluntarily pull over 12,000 seats out of the admissions race for academic session 2015-16.
These include about 2,500 postgraduate (M Tech) and 10,000 odd bachelor of engineering (BE) seats, sources said.
With over 50% of their seats remaining vacant during the current session, private colleges have already submitted requests for pulling back 6,000 seats for the next session (2015-16) till now.
About 40 colleges have written to the state directorate of technical education (DTE) and the affiliating university Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV), requesting for a section of their seats not to be included in the admissions process that would commence next month, representatives of association of private colleges told HT.
There were about 99,000 seats in 200-odd private engineering colleges in the state in session 2014-15 and about 51,000 of them had remained vacant.
In 2013-14, about 42,000 of the one lakh-odd seats had remained vacant, official sources said.
"By the time the counselling for admissions for the upcoming academic session starts, over 10,000 BE and 2,500 M Tech seats would be out of race," BS Yadav, secretary of the Association of Technical Professional Institutes (ATPI) said.
He added that with the DTE as well as the association taking up large scale drive to attract students to engineering courses, the scenario is expected to be better this year.
Director of technical education, Ashish Dongre too confirmed the trend.
Dongre said by the time counselling started, about 5,000 more BE seats might be pulled back by the colleges.
"There is no official provision of surrendering seats. It is just a voluntary request on part of the colleges not to include some of their seats in the admission process and we are approving of their request," Dongre said.
Poor admissions to engineering courses has been the trend for past few years now with experts blaming it to failure of colleges to churn out 'quality' engineers and interest towards more off-beat and hobby-based courses.
Career counsellors like Shweta Singh say students are now moving away from traditional courses to pursue subjects that are close to their hearts and also employment oriented subjects such as wildlife photography, journalism, music, adventure sports, hotel management, architecture, fashion designing and so on.