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No takers for engineering seats yet in Karnataka

Are you aspiring for engineering in Karnataka? Donot worry, the seats are available in plenty. In last two years, the number of vacant seats has multiplied three times to reach a whopping 14,628 from 4,177. Any candidate  eligible for an engineering seat gets it. According to reports, the number of students eligible through CET is only 71,639 while the number of seats available in the Visvesvaraya Technical University (VTU) is over 76,000.

In terms of which branches are popular and has more seat takers differs slightly every year. With the booming real estate and various projects under way, civil engineers are much in demand. The 22% vacancy in this branch dropped to 7% in one year.  It has been found that students are opting for this course by multiple times. Construction technology and management which had a 19% vacancy in 2009-10 were completely filled in 2010-11.

It has been assumed that Electronics will continue to rule the next session of counselling as well. The branch which has the highest number of seats among all disciplines (16,215) has seen a steady increase in number of students opting for it over the years.

For Computer Science in 2008-'09, the percentage of vacant seats was just 5. After 2009-'10 admissions, it shot up to 24%. However, the year 2010-'11 saw an improvement with vacancy coming down to 19%. A similar trend is seen in Information Science and Engineering. Over the four previous consecutive years, the percentage of seats vacant was 6, 8, 30 and 24.

Mechanical engineering has seen an increase of about 3,000 seats in the past year. However, there are some branches which failed to attract the students. Though 1,000-plus seats were increased in Electrical and Electronic engineering, only 20 more students joined this course last year.The students are yet to join newly launched branches like Precision Manufacturing engineering. Around 60% of seats remain vacant for Biomedical engineering. Thus, the seat and students ratio has not seen a equilibirium since long.

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