Nearly 50% seats remained vacant in engineering colleges in Madhya Pradesh in the 2016-17 academic session, with the state government citing transparency in admission process a reason behind dip in number of aspirants.
Out of the 78,480 seats, only 39,532 were filled, an official with the directorate of technical education said.
The admission process ended on August 15.
In the 2015-16 academic session, more than 48% seats remained vacant.
“In the past five years, about 25,000 engineering seats have decreased due to more number of vacant seats but with decrease in seats, the percentage of vacant seats also increased. Last year, the number of seats filled has slightly increased but this year it has gone low again,” said the official.
The official said out of the 39,532 seats, 13% were filled in the last two days in the college-level counselling, which resumed following a request by the Association of Technical and Professional Institute.
Minister of state for technical education Deepak Joshi said, “The number of seats remained vacant in large number as we have adopted transparency in the admission process. No fake candidate could take admission. Bad quality of education in some engineering colleges is also responsible for poor admission.”
“We are also trying to promote skill development programme so candidates are diverting towards polytechnic and ITI,” he added.
“We will hold a review meeting to improve the condition from next academic year,” said Joshi. Computer sciences and electronics and communication were first choice of candidates.
“The reason behind less inclination of candidates towards admission in engineering colleges of the state is employability. In the last academic session, only 15 % students got jobs,” said the owner of a private collage.
“Neither does the government hold any campus recruitment drive for students nor does the university. The colleges called companies for campus selection that is limited for the colleges only.” Rising number of private universities is also a reason, he said.
Besides, college owners feel that the government was focusing more on polytechnic and ITI colleges, which in turn is affecting engineering colleges.