Admission into engineering courses declines, AICTE cuts 900 B.Tech seats in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: In view of decline of enrolment in engineering colleges in past few years, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has cut 900 B.Tech seats for 2017-18 academic session.

Sources said that permission has not been granted by the AICTE for admission into courses in two private engineering colleges. The admission will be held into 3800 B.Tech seats in six government-run engineering colleges.

Notably, Odisha has registered less percentage of admission in engineering courses. In view of lack of placement opportunity in technical education, the students not prefer to get enrolment into engineering courses for which the seats are lying vacant in the colleges in last few years.

Even the government engineering colleges including Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) and College of Engineering and Technology (CET) not exempted from the trend of low record of admission.

The seats could not be filled even after counseling for many times at the state-run colleges in the past four years. The students also switch to other courses in middle after getting admission into engineering education. The similar situation is expected during academic session 2017-18 this year too.

If the past records will be analysed, total 880 seats into bachelor courses were filled at Burla based VSSUT in 2016-17. Out of 790 seats, 653 seats were filled at CET in 2013-14, 2014-15, 819 out of 870 seats in 2015-16 and 719 out of 870 were filled during 2016-17 academic session.

Less number of enrolments was also registered at Parala Maharaja Engineering College in Berhampur where 218 out of 240 seats were filled in 2013-14, 636 out of 700 seats in 2014-15, 549 out of 790 seats in 2015-16 and 561 from 720 seats were filled in 2016-17 academic session.

In Government College of Engineering (GCE) in Keonjhar, 165 seats out of 190 in 2013-14, 198 out of 240 seats in 2014-15, 248 out of 300 in 2015-16, 234 out of 318 seats in 2016-17 were filled.

Similarly, 453 seats in 2013-14, 834 in 1014-15, 910 in 2015-16 and 949 seats in 2016-17 academic session were filled at Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT) in Sarang, sources in Technical Education department said.

The situation also remains same in case of M.Tech degree courses in Odisha. While all 180 seats of BPUT were filled in 2016-17 academic session, total 318 seats out of 408 were filled in VSSUT, 250 out of 326 seats in CET and 328 seats were filled in IGIT.

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