Out of the 45,700 MBA seats available in the state, only 12,800 have been filled after the fourth Centralised Admission Process (CAP) rounds, leaving over 32,000 vacant. This is forcing the B-schools to convert the minority quota seats into general category seats.
There are 2,300 minority quota seats in the state, which are not considered in CAP rounds. These are now being added to the general category.
Over 35 B-schools have already converted the minority seats. While this is not new, the large number of conversions this year is striking, according to management institutions in the city.
“Though surrendering of minority seats is adopted by many institutes, the number has gone up greatly this year. Fewer placement opportunities and lack of faith in new institutes are the most prominent reasons for seats going vacant,” said Dr Kavita Laghare, director, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies.
The number of vacant seats is greater in colleges in small towns, say experts. "Students in such cities are apprehensive of the new colleges that have sprung up there," said DS Meshram, joint director, Directorate of Technical Education (DTE).
"Many engineers, who earlier favoured to get their MBA degrees, are now opting to go abroad instead of doing a post-graduation here, leaving many seats vacant," he added.
Another reason for minority seats remaining unfilled is students eligible for the quota not clearing the cut-offs. "Many students don't get the minimum marks required for entrance. Also, only because a certain institute has minority seats, it doesn't mean that students will join that college, if it is not up to the mark” said a faculty member at Chetna's Institute of Management and research Centre, Bandra.
DTE officials, however, said that the present figure of vacant seats had not been updated since B-schools haven’t’ sent them the final number. “The figure will go down once we get the latest figures from colleges,” said an official.
The fourth round of counselling going on in Pune has allotted around 1,500 seats, the admissions for which will get confirmed till July 20.