Wednesday, 11 June 2014

AICTE approves 7,154 more engineering seats in Gujarat

AHMEDABAD: Here's some good news! The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved increased intake capacity in existing colleges by 5,354 seats, taking the total number of approved seats for engineering to 70,115.

The 70,115 capacity includes 1,800 seats in the six new colleges approved by the AICTE.

At present, there are 62,951 engineering seats. Officials said that of the six new colleges, three will be in Ahmedabad, while one each will be in Rajkot, Vallabh Vidyanagar and Navsari.

Officials said that the AICTE has already issued letter of intent for these six colleges and now the apex body will send the final approval.

Officials said also some of the new colleges will also be given approval in diploma category.

They said that with the capacity of 70,000 odd seats, only 69,741 have cleared their examination from Gujarat board. Of these 69,741 students, only 63,000 are eligible for admission.

Sources said that this year, students have applied in faculties which are most sought-after, including civil, mechanical, electrical and computers. Officials said that in 2007-08, the number of students who wanted admissions were more than the available seats. But now, almost all students who clear their examination with 45% or above marks make it to engineering colleges. Despite this, over 9000 seats had fallen vacant last year.

However, officials said that the vacant seats were mainly in colleges which do not have good infrastructure or are not located within the city.

This year too, it is expected were expectation that around 12000 odd seats may lie vacant and this would be in the lower branches where students prefer not to take admission.

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