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State engineering seats almost full

All the 20,445 seats for engineering courses, barring 771, were filled on the penultimate day of counselling conducted by the Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalya on Monday.

india Updated: Sep 12, 2006 16:12 IST

All the 20,445 seats for engineering courses, barring 771, were filled on the penultimate day of counselling conducted by the Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalya on Monday.

This is the first time in the last several years that almost all engineering seats in Government as well as private colleges have been filled up in the State.

The change in trend is being attributed to the spurt in campus placements in private engineering colleges of the State over the last two to three years.

There are no seats available in engineering colleges in Bhopal and Jabalpur and only six and thirteen each are available in Indore and Gwalior, indicating that students have preferred the major centres.

The seats that have remained vacant are either in very remote areas, of less preferred branches and a big chunk of them – 297 are those reserved for Scheduled Tribe category, for which very few candidates were available in the first place.

Tuesday will be the final day of the first phase of counselling wherein about 1,000 students have been called.

On the same day counselling for architecture seats will also be held. Sources, however, said there were few chances that many of the 771 vacant engineering seats might be filled up on the ultimate day.

The fact that 19,674 of the 20,445 State quota seats were filled right in the first phase of counselling is very encouraging for the State engineering education scenario.

Also all of the 4,208 all India quota seats in the State colleges have been filled up. Until last year, about 2,000 to 3,000 seats remained vacant in the engineering colleges.

This year, despite the number of seats going up, maximum number have been filled up. Association of Professional Institute working president Sanjeev Saxena said the change in trend was mainly due to very good campus placement records achieved by private engineering colleges in the State during the past two years.

He said several major companies were making a beeline for Central India to recruit fresh graduates as these young people are thought to be very dependable and do not negotiate much on the salary package apart from having high academic quality.

As for the remaining seats, maximum vacancies are available at RIT, Rewa – where as many as 257 unreserved seats are vacant, 56 in MIT, Mandsaur, 83 in Rawatpura Sarkar College, Datia and so on.

Stream wise, maximum vacant seats – 151 – are available in the mechanical engineering branch followed by 82 in electrical and communications, 56 in electrical and electronics, 50 in civil, 45 in Biotech and so on.