• ‘No-show’ engineering seats not to be filled this year in Ahmedabad
     August 17th, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News

    The directorate of technical education has declared that 800 engineering and pharmacy seats, vacant due to non-reporting of students, will not be filled this year. These degree-course seats will be open to diploma students seeking admission in the second year.

    This announcement is likely to affect a number of students offered admission by self-financed colleges, anticipating that they will be handed over responsibility for filling the 550-odd seats which were not filled due to candidate students not turning up.

    Sources said that the self-financed colleges had anticipated that managements would be offered the majority of these seats, which include prestigious and much sought after branches likemechanical engineering. These could then be offered to students who recently cleared the supplementary exams, for a hefty fee.

    Sources said that the seats, which were usually offered to students who had merit in the range of 70-75% marks, were offered to students who failed on first attempt and passed the supplementary exams with barely scored 45%. This was allegedly done after charging fees between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 5 lakh.

    The directorate of technical education said students admitted to these ‘non-reporting’ seats, will stand to lose money as these admission will not be valid.

    It needs mention that this year, 13,000 odd seats remained vacant in engineering and pharmacy colleges. Officials said that students who cleared supplementary exams will be offered admission only to these seats.

    Meanwhile, 350 students who had not reported in the first and second round of admissions, have now reported and filled forms after a two-day extension on Monday and Tuesday.