Third round of reshuffling that is scheduled to be completed on August 17
It is history in the making at engineering and pharmacy colleges, and all for wrong
reasons. As many as 7,500 seats in engineering and pharmacy colleges are likely
to remain vacant after the third round of reshuffling that is scheduled to be completed
on August 17.
No less than 750 new engineering seats were added to the existing 38,000.This is
nothing short of adding insult to injury for many engineering colleges that are
already facing the possibility of having to operate with empty classrooms.
As a saving grace, 2,700 students of XII (Science) who had failed to clear their
final exam earlier this year, have recently cleared their supplementary exams. Of
these, 2,500 have applied for engineering courses.
They had been given three days to complete registration formalities. Till Sunday,
the last day for registration for these students, 2,500 have expressed desire to
join engineering colleges. However, even with this additional number of students,
nothing less than 7,500 seats will remain empty in various engineering colleges
across the state. The third round of selection will be held on August 9 and 10.And,
on August 13 final merit list will be announced, said officers of the Admission
Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC).
In the 40 pharmacy colleges in Gujarat, the scenario is equally bleak. Of these
colleges there are many which have less than 10 students who have enrolled for different
courses. Not just that, 20-25 pharmacy colleges faces not so bright future owing
to lack of students. Of the 5,500 seats, only 1,100 have been filled up till date,
said ACPC officials.
ACPC members conceded that pharmacy colleges are the most affected. This is actually
good news at least for those students who will now not be expected to pay Rs 1-2
lakh fee to get admission through management quota seats by many colleges.
The administration of these colleges will be only too happy if more students
take admission and pay fee regularly. Many students did not take admission in self-financed
colleges as they could not afford to pay high fee charged as compared to very nominal
fee charged by government colleges, said ACPC officials.
Courtesy: Times of India