LUCKNOW: More than
one lakh engineering seats of Gautam Buddh Technical
University will remain unoccupied, as against the 1.6
lakh engineering seats, less than 54,000 students who
qualified the state entrance exam (a qualifying exam for
admission to engineering colleges) would seek admission.
The colleges will then be allowed to fill up the seats
through direct admission after counselling closes
finally. This means colleges would be selling seats
rather than attracting quality students for admission.
Sources said that only 54,200 students verified their
documents in the past 10 days were now entitled to
admission. “The situation is grim. And given the past
record, toppers of SEE do not take admission here. They
go to IITs and other premier institutes. So there will
be a lot many vacant seats.” said a source.
Despite this embarrassing situation, GBTU vice
chancellor RK Khandal put up a brave face, saying, “Last
year hardly 40,000 students took admission. From that
perspective, things are slightly better this year. But
we certainly need to come up with some idea to attract
enough students to fill up seats in engineering colleges
in the state.”
He assured that from next year, the situation would be
different. “We are taking a few measures that will
ensure that the number of applicants will increase. We
will market the course well and attract more rural
students who do not know much about this engineering
university,” he said.
The university is also planning to tie up with 10+2
educational institutions. “The department of science and
technology (DST) runs a scheme called INPIRE. It
promotes scientific temperament among students. We will
stimulate their minds to take up engineering when they
grow up,” the vice chancellor said.
In fact, the writing was on the wall since the very
beginning. The nNumbers of B Tech seats were more than
the number of candidates who qualified the test. Against
1,41,537 BTech seats, 1,24,015 candidates qualified when
the SEE results was declared on May 28.
The situation for all 3 masters courses, MBA, MCA and
MAM, was even more worrying. There were only 8,750
qualified candidates for 40,680 MBA seats, 5,151 for
9,215 MCA seats and 100 for 180 MAM seats.
(Courtesy : Hindustan Times, Lucknow)