The colleges where maximum number of seats are vacant include Shreeyash College of Engineering, Aurangabad (584), Aditya College of Engineering, Beed (381), Auranagbad College of Engineering, Nayegaon, Khurana Sawant Institute of Engineering and Technology (Balsond, Hingoli) 313 each.
The names of some of the colleges which have more than 200 seats are as follows: Shree Sai College of Engineering- Aurangabad (287), Balaghat College of Engineering-Ahmedpur (285), V J Shinde College of Engineering-Osmanabad (240), Sandipani Technical Campus-Faculty of Engineering-Latur (237), K T Patil College of Engineering and Technology-Osmanabad (231).
Over 5,500 engineering seats are likely to remain vacant in Marathwada region, this year.
According to sources, out of 35,822 students from the eight districts of Marathwada region appeared for the MT-CET, 31,730 were declared eligible for admission in engineering degree courses.
Out of the total successful students, 16,513 hail from Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed, Osmanabad (districts falling within the jurisdiction of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Bamu), while 15,217 belong to Parbhani, Latur, Hingoli and Nanded (districts within the jurisdiction of Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, SRTMU).
More than 50 per cent students, who have qualified MT-CET and are eligible for admission in engineering and technology courses from the region, do not seem to be interested in engineering field.
Only 14,500 had applied online for admission against 14,800 seats in 35 colleges in the region. This means, more than 50 per cent (17,235) students even did not apply for admission.
After the two rounds of the Centralised Admission Process (CAP), around 5,924 seats are vacant, including 4,298 within Bamu jurisdiction and 1,626 in SRTMU.
The sources further said around 5,500 seats are likely to remain vacant even after the counselling round.
The district-wise vacant seat position is as follows: Aurangabad (2722 seats), Beed (574), Jalna (209), Osmanabad (793), Nanded (229), Latur (926), Hingoli (313) and Parbhani (158).
The reasons of so many seats going vacant in the region are being attributed to the increasing number of colleges, students not getting branch or college of their choice, and last but not least, hefty fees.