Private engineering colleges in Madhya Pradesh have surrendered around 5,000 seats for the next academic session, as successive years of poor admission took its toll on the technical education sector.
During the current academic session (2014-15), around 51,000 out of about 99,000 engineering seats have remained vacant in the state, highlighting a nationwide slump in demand for technical courses.
The slump has raised concerns for authorities as well as managements of private colleges, once considered premium centres of higher education.
“The surrendered seats would not be included in the counselling process for engineering admissions in the next session,” director of technical education Ashish Dongre told HT.
Even in 2013-14, around 42,000 of 1,01,500 seats had remained vacant, official sources said.
According to the sources, 35 colleges have submitted individual surrender requests of about 5,000 seats to the state directorate of technical education (DTE) as well as the affiliating university – the Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya.
RGPV vice-chancellor Piyush Trivedi said the university would de-affiliate the surrendered seats.
The Association of Professional Technical Institutes (ATPI) — a body of private technical colleges in the state -- which took the initiative in surrendering the seats is making further efforts to rationalise the demand-supply ratio.
“We want surrender of 15,000 to 20,000 seats so that number of engineering aspirants is more than the number of seats available,” the association’s spokesman BS Yadav said.
This year, there were around 92,000 seats available in engineering colleges of state and despite the surrender, about 87,000 engineering seats would be up for grabs during the next session.
However, only 82,000-odd candidates have applied for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), 2015 to be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). State engineering colleges use the JEE scores for the admissions.
Abhishek Khare, senior career counselor said that the major reason for the slump in interest in MP was the “failure” of the engineering colleges to deliver quality graduates who later fail to find placements
Another career counselor Shweta Singh said students are now even open to hobby-based courses like wildlife photography, adventure sports, music and radio jockeying.