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For engg students, registrations for CET to begin early

Last year, 42% of the 1.53 lakh seats in state engineering institutes were vacant

mumbai Updated: Dec 11, 2016 00:51 IST
Shreya Bhandary
The state Directorate of Technical Education plans to start this process by mid-February.
The state Directorate of Technical Education plans to start this process by mid-February.(Pic for representation)

The increasing number of vacant seats in Maharashtra’s engineering institutes has prompted authorities to push for extra time so students can register for the state-conducted Common Entrance Test in 2017. While registrations usually begin in March — after the Class 12 board examinations end — the state Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) is planning to start this process in mid-February.

“Usually we avoid starting registrations in February as students are busy preparing for their boards. However, we have decided to start the process early this time so students have more time to complete the it. Hopefully this will attract more applicants,” said a senior DTE official on the condition of anonymity. According to state rules, the registration process should be functional for 55 days. The DTE is planning to extend the process for the benefit of students.

As many as 2.62 lakh engineering aspirants appeared for the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) this year and all were eligible for admissions. However, after several rounds of admission, 64,408 (45%) of 1.43 lakh seats remained vacant.

Last year, 42% of the 1.53 lakh seats in state engineering institutes were vacant. Earlier this year, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had called for suggestions from state representatives to bring about a change in the current process, to reduce the number of vacant seats in engineering institutes across the country.

While the registration dates have not been announced officially yet, officials said the state will introduce this change during the next academic year. “Many changes were suggested to the AICTE for the upcoming year, but approvals are still pending. The state is considering advancing the registration date so students have more time to finish the process. We will announce the dates soon,” said Dayanand Meshram, joint director, DTE. HT recently reported the DTE’s decision to stick to three rounds of admission to engineering institutes in the state from 2017, instead of four rounds.

MHT-CET will be held on May 11, 2017 only for engineering and pharmacy aspirants. The Maharashtra government recently announced that admission to all health science courses will be conducted on the basis of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) scores from 2017 onwards. The DTE is yet to confirm the dates for registrations to MHT-CET exams.

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