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40,000 Engineering Seats To Go Vacant

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With more seats than the numbers of students who have registered, most engineering colleges will struggle to fill up their seats, in the State of Maharashtra, rendering the engineering entrance exams in the state useless.

Around 2.8 lakh students had appeared for the engineering subjects (physics-chemistry-mathematics: PCM) in MHT-CET this year. Of them, only 1.2 lakh students have registered for the engineering admissions, while there are a total of 1.48 lakh seats in 363 engineering colleges in the state. According to an official from the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), the numbers of seats is likely to go up by at least 5% under the tuition fee waiver scheme (TFWS).

Last year, the corresponding figure for students was around 1.04 lakh, while there were 1.4 lakh seats in all.

The last date of registration was June 28, but it was extended by a couple of days for students who were unable to procure the required documents. However, the numbers of applicants went up only by a few thousands in the two days.

Most of the vacant seats are usually found in colleges in remote areas of Vidarbha, Marathwada, Nagpur and Jalgaon. Even colleges in Pune and Mumbai are facing difficulties in filling up seats in courses like information technology (IT), chemical, production and textile engineering.

Last year also close to 35,000 engineering seats remained vacant. The AICTE lowered the eligibility criteria for engineering/technical courses from 50% in Class XII (in PCM) to 45% for the general category. This, however, was not of much help.

While several states,including Maharashtra, have written to the AICTE not to give permission to new institutes, around 15 new colleges have been given sanction this year.

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