25% of engineering degree seats vacant in four pvt colleges in Goa
Only GEC, Farmagudi filled all of its 480 seats; according to DTE, the reason for the vacant seats is due to the quota for economically weaker sections introduced in 2019
PANJIM: Nearly 25% of places in engineering degrees are vacant in four private colleges in the state. Only one institute, the state-run Goa Engineering College (GEC), Farmagudi, managed to fill all of its 480 places, including 60 places for its new program – Electronic BE in VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) and design technology.
Moreover, more than 50% of aspiring engineers have opted for computer science, while mechanical and civil engineering are the second and third choice of students.
For the 2022-23 academic year, around 300 places out of a total of 1,578 in five engineering schools – one government and four private – remained vacant after admissions closed on October 31. Also last year, at the end of all admission rounds, the number of vacant seats was 380.
An official from the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) said that the reason for the vacancies is mainly due to the quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) introduced in 2019, in which the state government asked the colleges to increase the number of seats by 25%.
“Due to the quota, the places have increased by 25% from 60 to 75 places in each stream of each college,” the official said while adding that in the past few years, students from Goa have been selected to join the national institutes. such as IITs and NITs.
On average, 2,000 students apply each year for engineering positions with DTE.
“All the 480 places available in GEC are taken. Even the 60 places in the new BE electronics program in VLSI and design technology are full. But nearly 300 of the approximately 1,078 places in private engineering schools are vacant,” an official said.
Private colleges include Padre Conceicao College of Engineering, Verna, Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda, Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and Information Technology (RIEIT) Shiroda and Agnel Institute of Technology and Design , Assagao.
The official said that while the engineering seats become vacant every year, the NEET-based admission for 600 seats is still full.
“The 600 places still occupied include 150 nursing, 150 MBBS, 100 paramedics, 60 Ayurveda, dentistry, pharmacy,” the official said.