While cut-offs for undergraduate degree courses at Mumbai colleges are out of reach for many, at least 50,000 seats for undergraduate engineering courses are vacant across Maharashtra.
According to data from the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), only 1.07 lakh students have applied for the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) to around 1.56 lakh engineering degree seats in colleges across Maharashtra. The first round of the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) for engineering admissions will start from June 30.
Of the 1,07,147 applications received by DTE this year, 76,758 applicants are male and 30,389 are girls. From Mumbai division, there are 28,170 applications.
DTE officials said that the number of applications for engineering seats has been declining over the last few years and is likely to go below 1 lakh. Last year, around 1.06 lakh students had applied for engineering admissions.
According to the data presented by state higher and technical education minister during the winter session in the state legislature, the state has around 367 engineering colleges with 1,56,067 seats out of which, for academic year 2014-15, 88,883 seats were filled up and 67,184 (more than 40 %) remained vacant.
There is also a decline in number of students registering for engineering entrance exam this year. As reported by HT, there was a drop of around 52,500 students compared to last year when around 13.56 lakh students registered for the Joint Entrance Test, Main (JEE Main- 2015). This year, 13.035 lakh students had registered for the exam which was held in April.
Mumbai engineering college principals said that higher fees and decrease in job opportunities after completing engineering is a reason for decline. GT Thampi, principal, Thadomal Shahani College of Engineering, Bandra, said, "The interest in engineering education is decreasing because of the higher fees charged in engineering institutes compared to other courses. Also, other degree courses are witnessing an upward trend due to more placement opportunities. On the contrary, placements in engineering institutes have suffered leaving many engineers unemployed. However, it is a temporary change."
>> Number of applications for state engineering colleges for academic year (2015-16) - 1,07,147
>> Number of application for state engineering colleges for last year-
>> Around 1,06,000
- Number of male students applying for central admission process (CAP)- 76,758
- Female students- 30,389
- Number of applicants from Mumbai Division- 28,170
>> Number of students registered for JEE (Main) across the country
2012- 12.20 Lakh
2013- 12.82 Lakh
2014- 13. 56 lakh
2015- 13.035 lakh
*The centralised admission process for state engineering colleges will be based on the JEE (main) score.
>> Admissions schedule for undergraduate engineering courses issued by DTE last week
-June 30- Display of provisional allotment of CAP round 1
-July 1 to July 4- Reporting to the institute as per allotment in CAP round 1
-July 5- Display of institute wise vacancy position for CAP round 2
-July 6 to July 8- Online submission of option form for CAP round 2
-July 10- Display of provisional allotment for CAP round 2
-July 11 to July 14 - Reporting to the institute as per allotment in CAP round 2
-July 16- Display of institute wise vacancy position for CAP round 3 (by counselling)
-July 17 onwards- Round of admission CAP round 3 (by counselling in person for Maharashtra state candidates)
-July 27- Commencement of courses for all institutes