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Over 40K engineering diploma seats may remain vacant this year in Maharashtra

Number of seats and polytechnic colleges in Pune district has been reducing over the years for lack of adequate number of admissions and financial reasons

pune Updated: Sep 17, 2020, 16:44 IST
Dheeraj Bengrut
Dheeraj Bengrut
Hindustan times, Pune
College staff sanitize a students before entering the exam center for the JEE entrance exam at Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Khar in Mumbai.
College staff sanitize a students before entering the exam center for the JEE entrance exam at Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Khar in Mumbai.(Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)

Pune: Poor response saw the admission process for the engineering diploma courses after Class 10 being extended three times in this academic year. The latest deadline to apply for admission is September 21. Authorities said that the popularity of these courses seems to be on a decline. For the total 113,000 seats available across the state, 78,000 applications were received and only 70,000 students confirmed their admission.

The dismal figure is now worrying colleges and the Maharashtra state directorate of technical education (DTE) that conducts the admission process. The number of seats and polytechnic colleges in Pune district has been reducing over the years for lack of adequate number of admissions and financial reasons.

Currently, in Pune district, there are seven government polytechnics, four aided and 105 private polytechnic colleges. Between 2016 and 2020 around 16,000 seats have been cut down in these polytechnic colleges. At least 26 private colleges were also shut down during this period for low student strength and lack of funds.

Dilip Nandanwar, joint director at the Pune regional office of DTE said, “The percentage of admission happening in government and aided polytechnic colleges is good in Pune district. The admission rate in some private colleges is satisfactory, but majority of them are not getting admissions due to lack of infrastructure, good faculty and many placements seats remain vacant. We extended the admission deadline for the third time and students can still apply to get admission till September 21.”

Surendra Giram, principal, AISSMS College of Polytechnic, Pune said, “There are various reasons for low percentage of admission, but one of the major reasons is that direct second year diploma admission seats have reduced this year. It has impacted on the overall applications coming for engineering diploma courses. The administration has continued with the admission process despite the Covid situation. Studies, in online mode, are taken by college authorities.”

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