Even with 1.07 lakh students, the highest in the past 30 years, passing the Class XII Science stream examination in the state this year, the education department seems confident of accommodating them all in seats available at the state’s engineering, medical and pure sciences courses.
Claiming that there are sufficient number of seats, officials of the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) said the total number of seats in the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) courses in the state’s 121 colleges, which was 62,961 last year, will go up to 71,461 this year, with nine new engineering colleges likely to be approved by the All India Council for Technical Education. Besides, more than two dozen existing colleges have sought permission to raise the number of seats. According to officials, permission for the new colleges got delayed due to a case pending in the Supreme Court. However, SC has recently directed AICTE to decide the cases pertaining to opening of new colleges and increase in seats in the existing colleges, before admission for the current academic session begins. DTE officials also said that AICTE is likely to take a call by June first week.
According to officials, another 9,370 seats, including 2,780 MBBS seats in 13 medical colleges, were made available in dental colleges, homoeopathy, physiotherapy, nursing, ayurvedic, optometry, orthopaedic and prosthetic colleges. At least, 6,500 seats have also been made available in 71 pharmacy colleges across the state.
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Agriculture officials said there were a total of 1,605 seats available in courses like agriculture engineering, BSc agriculture, dairy technology, veterinary sciences, horticulture engineering and food processing technology in agricultural colleges run by the four agricultural universities.
Taking all these figures into account, the total number of seats is 88,975. Gujarat University VC M N Patel, who headed the Admission Committee for Professional Courses till a few weeks ago, said there are a total of 68 science colleges in the state, having a total capacity of about 34,000, offering B Sc in Pure Sciences. With this, the number of seats in different courses comes to over 1.22 lakh, against 1.07 lakh science students having passed in Std XII. “So, the total number of seats available in professional courses and pure sciences exceeds the number of students having passed Class XII,” Patel said.
“However, the problem is that most of the students rush for admissions to institutes and colleges located in big towns and cities like Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat. It is not possible to accommodate all of them in these cities alone,” he said.