Yet Again: 50 percent Engineering seats still vacant in Maharashtra

Engineering colleges across Maharashtra State offers admission to the students on the basis of JEE Main as well as the state level exam conducted by Directorate of Technical Education. As per the latest notification, 50% of the total Engineering seats in Maharashtra still remain vacant, even after the conclusion of the Final Round of counselling by JoSAA. In lieu of this the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has decided to hold a special round of the centralised admission process (CAP) round to fill the vacant seats in the sought-after government and government-aided institutes in the state. The move will give an additional opportunity to students who have not managed to get any seat in the premier IITs and NITs.

Admission to First Year Engineering courses in Maharashtra is being done on the basis of MHT CET 2016. Candidates who wish to seek admission in various colleges and universities in B.E. / B.Tech courses must appear and qualify in the Common Entrance Test. The Directorate of Technical Education, Mumbai is the competent authority for admission to First Year Engineering 2016-2017.

The additional CAP process will not only prove beneficial to students but also the institutes which have several vacant seats. After the third round, 71,000 seats were allotted to students. But there are close to 1.4 lakh seats available under the CAP process, which means around 50% seats are still vacant in the colleges. However, the final status of vacancies will be known only by the end of the fourth round. Out of the total 1.38 lakh seats in engineering institutes, only 1.02 lakh students had registered for the CAP. Last year too, Maharashtra received less number of applications.

After the conclusion of the fourth CAP round, a second merit list will also be released for the students who could not fill in the application form for any reason whatsoever it may be. The DTE will re-open the admission portal and allow students to register again. However, these students will be eligible only for vacant seats and the ones filled at institute level.

There are students who were initially ineligible but are eligible now after re-evaluation of their class XII scores. There are also students who have for some reason not managed to confirm their registration during the first time. The medical admissions in state were also delayed this time, so there will be students who wish to pursue engineering after they could not get a medical seat. The first allotment list for medical admissions was also put up on Wednesday.

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