More vacant seats for engg, pharmacy & MBA this year

PUBLISH DATE 9th August 2017

Spurt Likely As Admission Process Enters Its Last Leg

Professional courses in Pune division are staring at almost 40% vacant seats even as the admission rounds come to a close next week.Vacancies in several engineering streams have been around for the past two years, but this time there is an increase in the number of vacant seats.

Courses like masters in computer applications have 48% vacancies while the business administration degree has 35% vacancies. Pune division comprises Pune, Solapur, Sangli, Kolhapur and Satara districts where an average of 55 % admissions have been completed so far.

Director of College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP) B B Ahuja said people choose a course because they want to make a living but despite completing an engineering degree many are not employable.

“The industry is also looking for quality . It is paying recruited students and requires them to deliver. Institutes that impart quality education will make all the difference because technology is changing so rapidly and if institutes do not offer a curriculum that meets the pace of changing technology then the industry will not employ such students.“

Last year, about 40,000 seats in the engineering faculty across the state were vacant.For the past four years, several seats to professional undergraduate courses have remained vacant.

In 2016, a record 74,523 seats in the state had no takers, largely comprising engineering seats besides architecture, pharmacy and hotel management. In 2009-10, about 0.79% seats were vacant in 271 engineering institutes in Maharashtra.

Dilip Nandanwar, joint director of technical education, Pune region said, “Employment is the biggest problem as so many engineering graduates are graduating each year but there are not enough jobs for them. This is true in the case of management and engineering faculty . Pharmacy still has some takers.“

The last date of admissions is August 14. Nandanwar said there would be a slight rise in the numbers.