Even after 2 more rounds, half of Goa’s engineering seats vacant | Goa News

PANAJI: Nearly 550 seats in Goa’s four private engineering colleges will remain vacant this academic year, as two more admission rounds conducted by the directorate of technical education (DTE) saw no response.
The vacant seats are around half the total number of engineering seats in Goa. Only one institute — the state-run Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi, in which fees are subsidised — has managed to fill all its 450 seats.
“In the two rounds, even the usual criterion — that students need mandatorily to have answered the Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET) — was relaxed,” said a DTE official. “Students were allowed to apply if they fulfilled the criteria of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), which is 45% marks combined in Class XII board exams in physics, chemistry and maths. Yet, we did not see any takers for the seats. Therefore, we have no intention of having any further rounds.”
AICTE norms also required all admission rounds for engineering seats to be completed by December 31.
Earlier, it was felt that students may not have appeared for GCET for the fear of the pandemic, which has led to poor response for engineering seats this year. But since the GCET criteria was dropped and students still did not come forward, it is likely that fees was a major consideration in a year that parents’ incomes were affected. This is especially evident in the fact that all government college seats have been filled.
Last year, after seats were added to provide quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), 350 seats remained unfilled. That number increased further this year.
While around 3,000 students appeared for GCET, which is the qualifying test to get an engineering seat in the state, only around 2,000 applied for a seat. Normally, the number of applicants itself is around 2,500, said the official.

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