Engg courses: managements divided over simultaneous admission process

The Association of Managements of Unaided Engineering Colleges (AMUEC) has urged the state government to conduct the admission process of over 200 unaided colleges simultaneously with autonomous colleges...

Written by SiddharthKelkar | Pune | Published:February 8, 2009 1:24 am

The Association of Managements of Unaided Engineering Colleges (AMUEC) has urged the state government to conduct the admission process of over 200 unaided colleges simultaneously with autonomous colleges,both aided and private-run in the state. The association says this will allow students to keep more options open. The matter will be discussed at a meeting convened by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) on Monday.

For the five autonomous engineering colleges in the state,VJTI,UDCT,CoEP,VIT and SGGS Institute of Engineering and Technology,there is an independent admission procedure,held two to three weeks before the admission process for other engineering colleges begins. “If admission is confirmed in any of these colleges,a student is forced to continue and therefore he/she will lose the chance in other reputed colleges,for which admissions are held later,” said R P Joshi,vice-president of Maharashtra AMUEC.

The association,which represents around 200 private unaided engineering colleges in the state,had raised the suggestion at a meeting convened by DTE two months ago.

DTE director S K Mahajan said the DTE is yet to take a decision. “The association put forward the demand at the last meeting. It will be discussed in the next meeting. It will also be taken up with the principal secretary,education,and after that the government will take a decision,” he said.

However,the autonomous engineering colleges are averse to the idea. “If the admission processes are conducted simultaneously,there will be a common application form. In that case,the option of counselling will not be available,” said a senior official.

“In the admission process of autonomous colleges,we counsel students to help them select the best college in accordance with the subjects they want. On the other hand,for the other colleges,students will have to fill in options mentioning preference.”

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