The number of seats in technical courses in the state has gone up by about 8% this year.
Over the past month, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has approved 70 new technical colleges and additional batches in existing colleges.
There is an increase of 30,145 seats in technical colleges that include engineering, pharmacy, architecture, management, and diploma courses.
Of these new seats 17,089 are in existing institutes and 13,056 are in the 70 new technical colleges. The number of seats available now is 3.63 lakh.
But every year seats go vacant in Maharashtra, especially in new colleges.
Last year 22,000 engineering seats and 9,000 management seats went vacant in the state after the admission process.
“This year will be different. With the eligibility criteria being relaxed by 5% (from 50% to 45%) vacancies will definitely reduce,” said Seema Shah, principal, Vidhyalankar Institute of Technology.
“While new colleges will find it hard to fill seats initially if they have good faculty strength and placements, they will build their brand very quickly.”
The maximum seats have increased in engineering colleges — 12,891 — followed by postgraduate diploma in management (PGDM) seats — 1,830. No new seats have been added to hotel management course.