In the wake of further decline in the number of engineering students, who took admission in colleges of Madhya Pradesh, private engineering colleges are going to surrender 15,000 engineering seats.
According to sources in the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), most of the seats that engineering institutes wish to surrender this year belong to electronics and communication branch because lesser students are opting for it.
Last year, 47,941 seats were filled but in the 2015-16 session, only 46,012 students took admission in the state colleges.
Despite the fact that fewer seats were filled this year, overall percentage of filling of seats has improved as 8,999 seats had been surrendered before the 2015-16 academic year commenced. Now, there are 89,903 engineering seats in the state.
Directorate of technical education (DTE) director Ashish Dongre said there were no takers of engineering seats because of decline in number of students.
“The inclination of students towards engineering has decreased substantially in the past few years. As the seats remained vacant consecutively for the third year, surrendering seats is only an option to improve the graph of admission,” said Dongre.
However, overall percentage of filling of seats of technical education has improved because of positive response to courses like pharmacy and management.
Association of Technical Professional Institutes (ATPI) has already started coordinating with colleges to surrender their seats before the next academic year.
ATPI secretary BS Yadav said, “Consistent decline in the number of students taking admission in engineering colleges has forced private engineering colleges of the state to surrender 15,000 seats. The seats will be surrendered with mutual understanding of all the engineering colleges of MP. Things will be finalised soon.”
Yadav said, “Most of the seats of electronics & communication branch and civil branch remained vacant this year and these branches could be hit hard due to surrendering of seats.”
Session Seats vacant Available seats
2015-16 89, 903 43,891
2014-15 98,902 50,961
2013-14 1,02075 42,376