The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) is confident of filling all available undergraduate engineering seats this time. Counseling for admission to undergraduate engineering seats for the current academic year is under way.
KEA officials said that it was unlikely that seats remain unfilled this year. The number of eligible candidates has doubled this year and about 60,000 students were declared eligible in the Common Entrance Test (CET) 2011. Later, the All India Council for Technical Education changed the eligibility criteria and 9,000 more candidates gained eligibility for admission to undergraduate engineering courses.
As against 69,000 eligible candidates, about 43,000 seats are available in undergraduate engineering courses. There and the number of available seats is 43,000. About 25,000 have already been filled up. "According to Wednesday's data, we have allotted seats to candidates who have secured rankings up to 36,000 and about 18,000 seats are available," said a senior KEA official.
About 33,000 candidates are in the fray for 18,000 seats available. "We will get a clear picture about the unfilled seats in the second round, but we are confident of filling all the seats this time," the official said.
About 8,000 engineering seats remained unfilled last year, of which about 3,088 were government quota seats. "Many colleges surrendered seats to us last year. About 5,000 seats belonging to management quota had been surrendered," the official said.
Officials said that this year, only seats in newly established colleges, rural colleges and colleges with poor infrastructure may remain vacant. Barring University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore, no other government engineering college is in demand.
There are also chances of candidates who have taken seats surrendering the same in the second round counseling and opting to go for medicine, dental, ayurveda or general degree course.
Courtesy: DNA India