2,000 less engg seats from next year?

Bhubaneswar: If the trend to trim down seat capacities by private engineering and management institutes continues in the coming days as witnessed by the state in last one week, an estimated 2,000 less seats will be available for aspiring students from the coming academic year.

Figures show, as many as 42,000 engineering seats are offered by nearly 100 private institutes across the state while about 70 management colleges offer 12,000 odd seats under several disciplines.

In the wake of Wednesday’s development, when three technical institutes urged the state Employment and Technical Education and Training department (ETET) to downsize seat capacities in some disciplines accounting 180, the number stands close to 1800 after 17 such colleges on January 15 decided to fold up some disciplines citing scarcity of students.

The worst-hit discipline Information-Technology (IT), once in demand for lucrative placement offers mostly from IT-hubs like Hyderabad, Kolkata Bangalore and Pune, shares almost half of the seats, which are on the verge of closure.

AE& IE, which comes next to IT with close to 400 seats is followed by Computer Science (250), MCA (180), ETC (96), MPharma (72) and Pharmacognosy (36).

Surprisingly it is for the first time that autonomous Regional College of Management (RCM) in Chandrasekharpur area here has thrown up its hands to reduce its seat capacities in two disciplines. This is contrary to a trend a decade ago when management schools, pharmaceutical institutes and business schools had started mushrooming in the state.

Educationists however feel lack of infrastructure and good faculties have led to such an alarming situation.

Figures show that about 3,000 MBA seats were lying vacant in 2012 while it was 27,000 in engineering stream.

Official sources reveal that the state government has given go-head for downscaling seats of respective institutes.