Only 40% engg seats filled so far

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 11 August 2019

“Only four to five days are left to complete the admission process of engineering colleges. We are hoping that the total admissions would be at least 50 per cent, however, it won’t exceed beyond it. We are once again facing large number of vacancies issue in this course,” said Kunjir.

PUNE: Only 40 per cent of about 1.52 lakh engineering seats have been filled till now. It is likely that for yet another year, over 50 per cent of seats in the engineering colleges across the state will remain vacant.
The admissions to engineering courses will end by August 14.

After two rounds of Centralised Admission Process (CAP), there are still around 60,000 seats vacant in engineering colleges, said Deputy Director of Technical Education Chandrakant Kunjir. 

He speaking at the announcement of industry-institute interaction meet has been jointly organised by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Maharashtra state, and KJ Educational Institute. 

It will be at the KJ institute campus from August 11-12. Kunjir said that the institutes have not even reached last year’s occupancy till now.

“Only four to five days are left to complete the admission process of engineering colleges. We are hoping that the total admissions would be at least 50 per cent, however, it won’t exceed beyond it. We are once again facing large number of vacancies issue in this course,” said Kunjir.

Around 352 institutions in Maharashtra have offered seats under CAP this year. The number of applicants against the available number of seats were also low this year. Only over one lakh applications were received for the 1.52 lakh vacant seats. 

The low pass percentage in higher secondary certificate (HSC) exam is another reason for decrease in the admissions.

While last year, 60,000 seats remained vacant after the final round, maximum number of vacancies were in private institutions. 

For the past few years, officials from technical education department have been relentlessly making efforts to improve the condition of engineering admissions, but seems to be in vain. The DTE will take up the initiative to improve the industry-academic interaction in institutes that have had less than 30 per cent admissions, said Kunjir.

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