The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Maharashtra, had conducted the counselling for admissions to second year / lateral entry to Engineering courses across the state.
Candidates who have completed their Diploma courses have to join for lateral entry for engineering courses.
DTE had received over 55,270 applications for second year admissions in the Common Admission Process (CAP), only 50,146 candidates registered till 17 Sept 2013.
State have around 80,000 seats for admissions, only 52,300 students are qualified from the diploma course for the admission to these seats.
Meanwhile, a total of 50% seats are vacant in diploma courses too.
Another official said the number of seats in the second year is high due to the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) policy of considering the second year as a separate unit for the last few years. Colleges can start an independent division in the second year for lateral entry of students.
The state government has set up a committee to survey colleges that have been unable to fill up even 30% seats for the last three years, to deal with many vacancies in technical colleges every year. The committee is expected to suggest remedial action.
Then if it comes to first year engineering courses for admissions, around 1.15 lakh applications were sold to students for 1.62 lakh engineering seats.
DTE said, around 50,000 engineering seats are likely to remain vacant for this academic year 2013-14.
In 2012, a total of 44,414 engineering seats were left vacant.