After the second round of Centralised Admission Procedure (CAP) for admissions to undergraduate engineering courses in the state, over 58,000 seats are still vacant, said officials from Directorate of Technical Education (DTE). The third and final round will start on Monday.
“There are a total of about 1,64,000 seats for various engineering courses in the state. For these, we received about 1,07,000 applications.
After the second CAP round, almost 60,000 seats are still vacant across all engineering colleges,” said Dayanand Meshram, joint director of DTE. The third round will be conducted simultaneously at all 10 centres in the state from July 20 to 25.
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“We had organised a day’s workshop for all officials involved in the counselling-cum-allotment round on July 17 so that there is no error during the counselling session,” said Meshram.
The major problem faced by DTE today is the low interest for engineering and other technical courses in the state. “There has been a steady decline in the number of students seeking admissions into technical courses, which is worrisome. Students nowadays are also opting for other fields with better income prospects. In engineering, the fee is high but employability is low. So they are now going for courses where the risk factor is low, like management and communication studies,” Meshram said.
Talking about what is lacking in the technical colleges in the state, Meshram said, “Infrastructure and quality of teaching are lacking in engineering colleges today. Every engineering college should have a well-equipped library, laboratory etc. They should also have an excellent faculty. Good faculty is only available in a handful of colleges and hence the rest of the students remain devoid of quality learning experience. This in turn impacts the placement scenario in these colleges. If the placements are bad, no parents would want to invest so much money on their child’s engineering course. This leads to lesser depleting number of students taking up these courses,” said Meshram.
In a related development, a five-member scrutiny committee has been set up on Friday to analyse the inspection report on all colleges in Pune region.
“An inspection was carried out by three-member teams in all 133 technical institutes in Pune. The committee will now analyse this report and based on their findings, we will give suggestions and or take action against the colleges,” said Meshram.