Debunking the perception that vacancies exist only in lesser known and remote institutes, final figures given by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) reveal massive vacancies across renowned engineering and management institutes in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai too.
In engineering, elite institutes in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai that still have empty seats despite several admission rounds include Usha Mittal Institute of Technology, SNDT Women’s University (27), Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (12), Manjara Charitable Trust’s Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology (44), Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s College of Engineering and Technology (296), NYSS’s Datta Meghe College of Engineering (122), Terna Engineering College (86), Padmabhushan Vasantdada Patil Pratishthan’s College of Engineering (100), SIES Graduate School of Technology (72) and Ramrao Adik Education Society’s Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology (69).
“It has been a worrying trend for several years now. Even prestigious institutes have empty seats. These include Sardar Patel College of Engineering in Andheri (8), Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) in Matunga (3), Anjuman-I-Islam’s M H Saboo Siddik College of Engineering in Byculla (23) and K J Somaiya College of Engineering at Vidyavihar (29). Also, data shows that some institutes in Maharashtra have vacancies over 300, like B R Harne College of Engineering and Technology in Ambernath (394) and Mahatma Education Society’s Pillai’s College of HOCL College of Engineering and Technology, Rasayani via Panvel (414). One needs to check if these vacancies are in specific courses,” said a state government official.
According to DTE figures, of the total 1,56,067 engineering seats across the state, only 88,883 seats have been filled up, which means 43.05 per cent or 67,184 of them are vacant this year. Similarly, in management, only 26,743 students have taken admission in first year across Maharashtra, leaving 15,635 or 38.89 per cent of the total 42,378 seats vacant.
Data reveals that even MBA colleges in Mumbai have huge vacancies. These include N L Dalmia Institute of Management Studies (150), Anjuman-I-Islam’s Allana Institute of Management Studies (33), Mumbai Institute of Management and Research (138), Jankidevi Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (25), MGM’s Institute of Management Development & Research (77), Smt K G Mittal Institute of Management, IT and Research (99) and Sinhgad Institute of Business Management (200).
“Industrial slowdown, mushrooming institutes with no check over quality of faculty and infrastructure, high fees and higher intake capacities to rake in profits irrespective of quality are various reasons behind management courses losing their importance and popularity,” said an academician.