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Only 9.8k students applied for Engineering Counselling at PTU

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Around 9,800 students have applied for Engineering courses counselling offered by Punjab Technical University (PTU).

A total of 42,000 engineering seats are available for admissions in universities in Punjab.

PTU, Jalandhar commences B.Tech & B.Arch courses first round of counselling form July 11th, 2013.

Around 1,300 seats were available in Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjabi University, Patiala and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.

Admissions will be on the basis of the performance of the students in the JEE Main 2013. Students must satisfy the eligibility criteria before applying for PTU B.Tech 2013 Counselling and admissions.

In the first round of counselling around 85% of seats would be filled by Punjab Students and 15% of seats from other states students.

In 2010, around 19,000 of students registered for counselling. Nearly 8,400 were allotted seats as against 30,000 available in first round. Even after filling 33% management quota seats, nearly 10,000 seats remained vacant.

In 2011, nearly 9,000 seats were vacant even after filling management quota seats. The scene was similar last year, as 27,000 students were admitted against 36,000 seats in over 105 PTU colleges.

J S Dhaliwal, president, Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association (PUTIA) said, "The availability of seats is much higher than demand. The placement of Punjab students is poor, as state's industrial sector doesn't offer much jobs,"

"A section of passouts don't prefer to migrate to other states for employment. Over Rs. 100 crores as post matric scholarship for scheduled caste students was still to be disbursed among the colleges, which are facing acute funds shortage. The trend among youngsters to settle in foreign countries using education as a route has also hampered our admissions," he said [SIC].

The PTU vice chancellor Rajneesh Arora admitted decline in admissions during past three years. "Opening of scores of engineering colleges in a haphazard manner has virtually led to this chaos. Nearly 10000 seats remained vacant every year. The combined counselling should be scrapped. The universities should be allowed to admit students through their separate counsellings.

The Colleges may also be allowed to admit students as per merit instead of PTU conducting counselling for them. The combined counselling also delays start of academic session. Instead, the PTU need to concentrate on students grievances about admissions, fee, books or any malpractices by the colleges to act as a supervisor of technical education," Arora suggested.

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