This month All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has published early its first list of new colleges to quicken admission procedure for professional courses. Usually this list is released on the first week of October. As a result more than 2.5 lakh seats for professional courses will be available. At present, there are 3,393 engineering colleges and 4000 management colleges, which offer admissions to more than 14.86 lakh and 3.5 lakh students respectively.
AICTE sources have disclosed about the receiving of 660 proposals for new colleges in the arena of pharmacy, management, architecture and engineering. They have also expressed their grave concern for a significant amount of vacant seats under various technical faculties like diploma, degree & post graduate programs under the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE).
Around 30% & 50% seats remain vacant in 348 engineering & 400 management colleges respectively in Maharashtra on previous year. Situation may get complicated with the addition of 17 new colleges. In 2010, 5,000 seats for management program were left vacant & 25 % diploma seats were found to be unoccupied.
But the regrettable thing is that the apex body. AICTE has received highest number of application from Maharashtra & most of these applications are made for renowned polytechnics.