Around 175 engineering seats at Jadavpur University (JU) and Bengal Engineering and Science College (BESU) has gone unoccupied even after the end of the third round of JEE counselling,which this time was done through internet. In total,10,000 seats are lying vacant in the engineering colleges across the state.
Last year too,there had been vacant seats in both the institutions. However,what has come as a surprise to many is the increase in the unoccupied seats. Last year,60 seats were vacant at JU. This time,it has jumped to 115. Similarly,at BESU,the number of unoccupied seats have jumped from 32 to 55.
Though the reason for the increase in the vacancies are yet to be known,officials blame it on BESUs falling reputation with incidents of ragging and brawl. Moreover,the delay in getting the status of Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology for the BESU,has reportedly forced parents to opt for other colleges.
On Monday,JEE Board officials will meet to chalk out a strategy for filling up the seats. According to the norms of e-counselling,if seats go vacant,then preference will be given to candidates who have not got admission in any engineering college. In that case,however,the merit will be compromised as students of very low rank would get a chance to get admitted in the top ranking universities.
We have to arrive at a consensus on how to fill up the vacant seats, said Kumardeb Banerjee,member secretary,JEE Board.