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More than 18,000 engg seats to remain vacant

Engineering colleges in the state will have to deal with vacancies again this year. Kiran Wadhwa reports.

mumbai Updated: Jul 12, 2011 01:03 IST
Kiran Wadhwa

Engineering colleges in the state will have to deal with vacancies again this year.

Not more than five years ago, students would queue up for engineering seats but this year only 1,08,385 will be part of the common admission process which offers at least 1.27 lakh seats.

Among those on the admission list, several might not end up enrolling because they might not get colleges of their choice. Last year, 22,000 engineering seats went vacant.

The Directorate of Technical Education put up their final merit list on Monday evening. The college-wise seat distribution will be put up on July 18 and the admission process will begin on July 19.

“The supply has outstripped the demand in the case of engineering courses. These figures indicate that all the new institutes that have mushroomed over the past few years will have to eventually shut down as they will have no takers,” said K Narayankhedkar, director emeritus, VJTI, one of the most coveted engineering colleges in the state. “While the known colleges are always in demand, it is the lesser-known ones that suffer. It is about the survival of the fittest.”

About 12,000 more engineering seats have been added this year and some more might come through with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) still scrutinising applications of new colleges and increase of seats in existing colleges.

This year the AICTE relaxed the Class 12 eligibility criteria for all technical courses from 50% to 45% for general category students and 40% for reserved category students in their physics, chemistry and maths aggregate. About 15,000 engineering aspirants benefited from this relaxation but it was not enough to fill up the eligibility list.

But what are the other career choices for students who don’t want to settle for a little known engineering college? “Many students are choosing BSc Information Technology and BSc Computer Science in good degree colleges over engineering,” said Kavita Rege, principal, Sathaye College.

“These students find great placements too. Our lists for these courses shut at 85% in Class 12. Also, there is a quota for science students in both mass media (BMM) and management studies (BMS) courses.”