Bhubaneswar: More than 60 per cent seats in engineering colleges across the state are lying vacant, Skill Development and Technical Education Minister Premananda Nayak informed this in the Assembly today.
In a written reply to Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati, the Minister said currently a total of 93 engineering colleges with 31,174 seats are functional in the state. In 2019-20 academic year, admission was held for total 11,745 seats for which remaining 19,429 are lying vacant since then, Nayak added.
The Minister further informed that besides engineering colleges, the state has 163 diploma institutions. While three engineering colleges have approached the Government for Progressive Closure, a diploma college has already been closed, he added.