Prestigious government engineering colleges still have vacant seats [Mumbai] [Times of India]
(Times of India Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) MUMBAI: As admissions to engineering colleges across the state closed, seats in some of the finest institutes that charge almost nothing have gone abegging. Not only are seats open in some of the most prestigious colleges of the state, slots are vacant in some of the top streams too: 69 in electronics, 38 in mechanical engineering, 27 in civil engineering, 23 in computer science and 10 in electrical engineering. The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) on Thursday kickstarted the special admission round to fill vacant seats in government institutes; 269 seats are yet to be filled. In Mumbai, there are eight seats vacant at VJTI, Matunga; seven at the Institute of Chemical Technology; 11 at Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Andheri; and 27 at Usha Mittal Institute of Technology. Another top college counted on par with an IIT-College of Engineering, Pune -has 15 unfilled seats. The largest pool of vacancies-140-is at Shivaji University's department of technology in Kolhapur, again with seats open in some of the core engineering streams: 20 in computer science, 35 in electronics and communication and 20 in mechanical engineering. "For all the vacancies in government, government-aided institutes, including autonomous ones, ICT Mumbai, university-managed and university departments, an additional round of admission shall be conducted by computerized allotment," a DTE notification stated. All vacant seats are treated as general seats and will be filled as per the state's general merit rank. After the centralized admission procedure and the counselling process, vacant seats can be filled individually at the institute level. But the large-scale vacancies forced the DTE to intervene and hold a special admission drive. There are seven government engineering colleges wi8th a total student intake of 2,890 and three government-aided engineering colleges with 1,310. The unfilled seats have left many surprised. S S Mantha, chairman, All India Council for Technical Education, said there are just 550 government engineering institutes in the country and never do so many seats stay vacant. "There is no way the seats can go vacant. Vacancies in government colleges are extremely low even in the worst of times."
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