It seems that the trend of engineering seats going vacant in the state engineering colleges has continued this year too as approximately 58400 seats remained vacant in the Central Admission Process for engineering admissions. Since Thursday was the last day to submit the form through the CAP process, 1,06,600 students submitted their applications whereas the intake capacity for the state engineering colleges is 1,65,000.
Last year, there were 1,62,159 seats available in the state colleges and out of that 1,07,545 seats were filled and 54614 seats remained vacant.
In Pune regions, which comprises Pune, Solapur and Kolhapur districts, the students thumped down the engineering options as only 26105 forms were accepted against 57740 seats available in 128 colleges across three Universities : University of Pune, Shivaji University, Kolhapur and Solapur University.
The total number of vacant seats in the Pune region were 31635 which is the maximum of overall state.
Last year, In Pune regions, the University of Pune had maximum seats which went vacant as there were 53187 intake capacity and out of that only 36009 students took admissions and 17178 seats remained vacant.
While talking to dna, the minister for Higher and Technical Education for Maharashtra State, Rajesh Tope said that this is just a first round and there is a possibility that the more seats will be filled.
He said that the reason behind the vacant seats, is that the students and parents prefer good colleges which have better teaching staff, infrastructure, quality of education is high and most important the better recruitment history and as a result, the seats are remaining vacant in other colleges.
When asked him why the government is unnecessarily giving permissions to new colleges when the existing seats are not being filled, he said that it is All India Council for technical Education (AICTE) is giving them permission. "What AICTE should do is to take some stringent steps against engineering colleges which are not complying the norms of providing quality education to the students," he added.
One of the officials from the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) said that the main reason behind seats have been remaining vacant is that the quality of education has gone down in the engineering colleges and these several additional engineering colleges have mushroomed in last few years in the state which are of no use.
He said that this year, it was expected that the number of vacant seats will go down as the pass percentage of HSC was increased and more number of students had passed in the board exam, however against the expectations, the seats remained vacant and the number too increased compare to last year.
Dr Anand Bhalerao, the Principal and Dean of Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering, said that the bone of contention behind the seats at engineering colleges reaming vacant is that there is great slowdown in the core as well as in the service industries and even the corporates have raised quality parameters while selecting the candidates during the campus recruitment.
He added that though the seats are remaining vacant in the state colleges, the good colleges are still in demand. "We have 800 intake capacity across all the branches and now all the seats are full and there are 180 candidates who are on the waiting lists.
Total intake capacity : 1,65,000
Forms sold : 1,12,000
Total Forms accepted : 1,06,600
Total seats remained vacant : 58400