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MHT CET COLLEGES FROM 16 TO 348

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Maharashtra has seen a huge growth in the number of engineering colleges and seats available over the last few decades. In 1978, the state had only 16 colleges with 2,642 seats. Today, the state has about 348 colleges with the capacity to accommodate about 1.33 lakh students.11 colleges are all set to open this year, adding 360 seats to the total and taking it to 1.40 lakh. However, engineering courses were popular until about 5 years ago and find few takers nowadays. Last year, almost 25,000 were left vacant after admissions and experts expect a similar trend this year.

Academicians feel that there is a similar trend across the country, with only the top colleges managing to retain a good number of students, and newer colleges being left without any. Until last year, India has 3,393 engineering colleges with an intake capacity of about 14.86 lakh seats. The All India council for technical education (AICTE) has already granted approval for another 100 colleges to be opened across the country, including 11 in Maharashtra. Thousands of seats are expected to be added once these colleges start functioning.

However, the AICTE has also received closure applications from almost 138 engineering colleges. Most of these colleges are closing because of vacant seats that have caused financial crunches. Though the AICTE reduced the minimum required mark for engineering courses to 45 %( 40% for reserved category) in class 12 exam almost two years ago, there has not been any effect on admissions to engineering courses. Nagpur University was the worst hit with almost 7,000 seats remaining vacant.

Sources have said that even the number of students coming from other states like UP and Bihar has reduced as new colleges have opened in those states. Also, students prefer taking up courses in Mumbai and Pune since they have better job prospects.


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