50 pc seats may go abegging
Despite admission to pharmacy and national level institutes, 5,878 seats remained vacant in the region in the last academic year. According to sources, there is a possibility that 50 per cent seats (6,995 seats out of 13,990) will remain vacant this year too. This means number of vacant seats is likely to go up in the region by 1000.
The academicians and educationists feel that there are many reasons that distract students from taking admissions to the engineering courses.
A worry of job uncertainty after completion of course, fear of not getting college and branch of choice, joining national-level institutes and taking admission to Pharmacy are some of the reasons.
Talking to this newspaper, joint director of Technical Education (Aurangabad division) Mahesh Shivankar said that those candidates who took the test with PCMB group may take to B Pharm course.
He said that some of the students who did not apply, can go out of state to take admissions (15 per cent). Mahesh Shivankar informed that 20 per cent seats fall in the management quota category. "So, only 65 per cent seats will be filled through Centralised Admission Process," he said.
When contacted, dean of faculty of Engineering of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Dr Ulhas Shinde said that some of the students who did not apply, may be worried about getting job immediately after the completion of the course due to economic slowdown in certain sectors.
"Another major cause is lack of awareness about online registration among the students and parents specially in the rural areas," he said.