A few takers for Engineering Courses as Phase I Counselling ends

About 1.08 lakh seats, including convener quota and merit list seats, were left vacant as the major phase of EAMCET counselling concluded  on 17th September, 2013 in Hyderabad, which experts said is an indication of falling interest in technical education.

At least 13 out of the 609 private engineering colleges recorded zero admission this year as there were no takers. Also, less than 10 students took admission in 34 engineering colleges.

A total of 2.18 lakh students qualified for EAMCET – 2013 out of which just 1.30 lakh students came forward for EAMCET certificate verification, the first step in the counselling process this year.

A total of 2,19,296 seats are available in private engineering colleges in the state, while just 6,550 seats are available in 34 government engineering colleges.

Electronics and communication engineering was selected by majority of students and 33,557 seats were filled in this stream. While computer science engineering had 24,523 takers and the mechanical stream had 24,036 takers.

A total of 16,480 students opted for electronics and electrical engineering while 18,195 students applied for civil technology engineering and just 4,111 students opted for IT stream.

The colleges which have had less than 10 students might not be in a position to function this year. The students will have to be shifted to other colleges during the second phase of counselling, college management representatives rued. “A total of 84 colleges have managed to get less than 20 students. These colleges might also approach All India Council of Technical Education ( AICTE ) asking for orders to close down the institutes,” said the owner of a prominent college.

However, some of the top engineering colleges in the state have done well even this year, EAMCET counselling authorities said. All the seats were filled in as many as 62 of the 609 private engineering colleges and 30 out of 34 government engineering colleges.

EAMCET officials expect some more admissions to happen in the final phase of counselling which is expected to be held from 24th September, 2013 to 27th September, 2013. “About 1,000 students may take admission in the final phase of counselling. The courses preferred by most students this year were favourites even last year. The trend is expected to continue even in the second phase of counselling,” said K Raghunath, chief camp officer, Common Entrance Test-Admissions.

Allotment of seats after the final phase of counselling will be done on 29th September, 2013. EAMCET officials said students who did not get their certificates verified earlier should do it from September 24 to 27 at any helpline centre ( list of such centres will be out on 21st September, 2013 ).

Students who were allotted seats in the first phase of counselling are supposed to report to the respective colleges on or before 23rd September, 2013. Cut off dates for cancellation of their admission after reporting at the college is 24th September, 2013.

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