Every year around 40,000 engineering seats remain vacant in the colleges of Maharashtra.
Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Mumbai has revealed the study conducted by an expert committee on engineering colleges.
In 2013, more than 2.80 lakh candidates had written the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (CET), out of which only 1.48 lakh candidates qualified for the admissions.
However, only 1.10 lakh candidates took admission in engineering colleges in Maharashtra and the other seats lie vacant.
In 2012, more than 2 lakh candidates appeared for CET and only 1.4 lakh candidates oted for admission to engineering, which left around 44,000 engineering seats vacant.
"The trend of seats remaining vacant is seen not only in engineering but also in other vocational courses such as pharmacy, architecture, hotel management and catering technology, MBA, MCA and other vocational courses," said Dr S K Mahajan, Director of Technical Education.
Dr Gajanan Kharate, Dean of the engineering section of the University of Pune, said that one cannot put the blame on colleges.
"No doubt there is a trend that the seats are remaining vacant but there is another reason for the same. There are several students who are going to polytechnics and after completing the two-year course, they are taking direct admission to second year engineering," he said.
For the past few years, Maharashtra had faced a steady rise in vacant seats. AICTE has to take the correct measures and plans to reduce the seats lying vacant.