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As admissions begin, vacancy fears mount in engineering courses

Huge vacancies in technical institutes across the state have been a problem over the past five to six years.

Written by Dipti Singh | Mumbai |
Updated: June 4, 2015 3:50:13 am

With technical institutes and courses coming up across Maharashtra over the last couple of years, the state is once again staring at possibilities of massive vacancies in technical programmes.

The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) on Wednesday announced admissions for the first year Engineering through Centralised Admission Process (CAP) showing an increase of around 4,000 seats for engineering this year.

Of the 1.56 lakh engineering seats, over 43 per cent were left vacant last year. This year too, there are 1.6 lakh seats available for the CAP round.

Total 2,80,042 students appeared for Maharashtra Health Technical – Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET).

Huge vacancies in technical institutes across the state have been a problem over the past five to six years.

A report on vacancies in technical institutes submitted by a state-appointed committee last year revealed that 58 per cent of MBA schools had more than 35 per cent seats vacant in the 2013-14 academic session.

Similar was the case with over half of engineering colleges. The committee, which visited these institutes, recommended closure of some courses and institutes.

As many as 33 technical courses at 25 institutes were shut down last year, but more colleges got permissions for additional intake.

Similarly, this year DTE announced through a Government Resolution (GR) dated May 26 that the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has reduced the intake capacity of few colleges and closed down the courses in some. This year, the regulatory body has reduced the intake capacity of around 18 engineering colleges in the state from 1,032 last year to just 120.

“This year, no new colleges have been approved by the AICTE. Moreover, seat intake has been increased only in those colleges which have NAAC accreditation. All this has been done to prevent vacancies in colleges. The problem of vacancies is only in rural areas where there are no demands for a certain courses,” said S K Mahajan, director of DTE.

For the 1.56 lakh engineering seats, only 94,000 students applied for the CAP rounds conducted by DTE. In Mumbai colleges, of the 16,000 seats under CAP, over 5,000 seats were vacant in the first round. The highest numbers of vacancies, about 17,000 were in colleges in Pune, though the institutes affiliated to the Pune University last year had nearly 43,000 seats – the highest in the state “Considering the vacancies on engineering colleges in past five-six years, its time the regulatory bodies such as DTE and AICTE must stop giving approvals to increase in intake capacity of colleges blindly unless there is a demand,” said a senior faculty of Lokmanya Tilak college of engineering at Khoparkhairne, Navi Mumbai.

During the academic year 2013-14 more than 2.80 lakh candidates had taken the Maharashtra CET, out of which only 1.48 lakh candidates qualified for admissions.

However, only 1.10 lakh candidates took admission in engineering colleges in Maharashtra and the other seats went vacant.

In the academic year 2012-13, over 2 lakh candidates appeared for CET and only 1.4 lakh candidates opted for admission to engineering, which left around 44,000 engineering seats vacant.

IMPORTANT DATES

June 5-18: Online filling and submission of application forms

June 6-20: Verification and confirmation of the submitted forms

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