Friday, November 2, 2012

Pune Engineering Colleges finding it difficult to fill seats

The second most important city of Maharashtra, Pune is home to some of the finest educational institutes in India. Founded in 1949, the University of Pune has 46 academic departments, 269 affiliated colleges and 118 recognized research institutions. The university records as many as 170,000 students every year. Out of various disciplines of higher education, engineering is one of the most preferred courses. Some of the well-known engineering colleges in Pune include All India Shri Shivaji Memorial Society's College of Engineering, Army Institute of Technology, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University College of Engineering, College of Engineering, and College of Military Engineering and so on. Students from all over India, flock to Pune every year to pursue their higher studies in engineering.

However, recently a trend of seats going vacant was spotted. And gradually, getting a seat in any engineering colleges in Pune has become a cake walk for many. This is mainly because, as many as 40,000 seats are going vacant not only in engineering colleges in Pune, but also in other cities like Mumbai, Nagpur and Kolhapur. This trend has almost defied the purpose of an engineering entrance exam that is conducted by the state. With more seats than the number of students applying, most engineering colleges are literally struggling to fill up their seats.

As per records, as many as more than 2 lakh students appear for the engineering entrance exam conducted by the MHT-CET. Out of this, only 1lakh students ended up registering for the engineering admissions. There are a total of 1.48 lakh seats in engineering colleges in the state out of which many are going simply vacant.

According to reports published in October 2012, more than12000 seats in 114 engineering colleges went vacant at the end of first-year engineering degree course admission process.

The members of the University of Pune have raised concern over the high level of vacancy even at some of the well-known engineering colleges. This has led to the university not approving upcoming engineering colleges in the state from the academic year 2013–2014.

Not only Pune, but engineering colleges in other Indian cities are also facing the same problem. To cope up with the problem, many engineering colleges end up extending the last date of registration. Even the AICTE has expressed its concern and lowered the eligibility criteria for technical/engineering courses from 50% to 45% for the general category. However, even this step did not help much.

Many institutional bodies and universities across the country have approached the AICTE and requested it not to sanction new engineering colleges.
In spite of such measures, there seems that very little can be done to do away with this problem.


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