The Technical Education Department in Rajasthan has given consent to engineering and management colleges to hold ‘free admissions sessions’ in their colleges. Here, students will be able to get admissions without appearing in entrance examinations like RPET and RMAT. The decision has been taken after seeing poor response of students in counseling session of 2011-12.
Watching the response of students, the efforts of Rajasthan government to make Rajasthan a centre for education seems to go in vain.
Vipin Chandra, principal education secretary, revealed that over 10,000 seats remained vacant after the first counseling session. At the second session, few seats were filled leaving many new and not-so-well-known colleges with few admissions. Confirming the free admission sessions, Chandra continued, “The department has already announced the schedule for free admission sessions."
The free admission session will be conducted in two phases. In the first phase, the colleges are allowed to give admissions only to state students. However, in the second phase, the colleges are ordered to admit students from other states.
As per the data available, of the 73,500 students who appeared in the RPET exams, only 30,000 went to the counseling. But there are 50,038 seats in 150 engineering colleges taken together. Also, only 2,500 students went to the counseling for management courses while there are 10,000 seats in 134 management colleges.
According to an RTU (Rajasthan Technical University) official, “The education department should rethink about holding entrance exams in a situation where students are more than the number of seats.”