Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014

Thousands of management, engineering seats go vacant again

Written by Mihika Basu 2 | Mumbai | Posted: July 15, 2014 12:42 am

With technical institutes sprouting up across Maharashtra for the last several years, the state is once again staring at massive vacancies in technical programmes. While there are 44,500 management seats this year, the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has received 27,223 applications and only 1,647 students had submitted their options online till 4 pm Monday. Seats can be allotted only if candidates submit their options.

“After applications were submitted for management programmes across the state, we already had 17,277 vacant seats. For management programmes, students can submit their options till 5 pm on July 16, after which we will display the provisional seat allotments for the first round of admissions on July 17. Management institutes have mushroomed in the last few years and the increase in intake capacities without adequate planning and quality control have had a detrimental effect on the profession. Further, students only want to go to a few select institutes, resulting in vacant seats year after year,” said a state government official.

Last year too, over 50,000 engineering seats and over 17,500 management seats had remained vacant in the state. This year, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has given approval to close down or reduce intake in 33 programmes in Maharashtra, which includes 23 in management alone.

According to the DTE, 1.06 lakh applications have been received for approximately 1.5 lakh engineering seats this year, which means there are already no takers for 44,000 seats. Till 4 pm on Monday, 50,468 candidates had submitted their options online.

Students can submit their choices till July 15 for engineering programmes and the seat allotment details of the first round will be declared on July 16.

For MCA, the DTE has received 10,800 applications for approximately 13,000 seats. The situation is worse in the case of diploma courses. Figures reveal that already 62,000 seats have found no takers. As against 1.76 lakh diploma seats across Maharashtra, the DTE has received only 1.14 lakh applications. In 2013 too, 58,000 diploma seats could not be filled across the state.
mihika.basu@expressindia.com

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