33 Percent Seats Vacant In Undergraduate Engineering Institutions In 2021-22: Subhas Sarkar
The number of approved seats for engineering courses has decreased significantly in the past five years, with more than 4 lakhs remaining vacant in 2021-22.
Around 33.6 percent of seats went unfilled in undergraduate engineering colleges during the academic year 2021-22, minister of state for education Subhas Sarkar told the Rajya Sabha today. Sarkar was replying to a question on how many BTech engineering seats have been vacant over the last five years.
When asked why BTech seats tend to be vacant, Sarkar explained that “the filling up of seats in engineering institutes is dependent on the demand-supply situation which is dependent on the location of the institutes, academic and infrastructural facilities therein and the placement opportunities.”
The minister shared that 33.6% of BTech seats remained vacant in the academic year 2021-22. More than 4 lakh seats are vacant in 2021-22 against the 12,53,337 sanctioned BTech seats.
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It is noteworthy that nearly 8 lakh engineering aspirants write Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE Main) for admission to various engineering courses. 44 percent of seats were unfilled in the academic year 2020-21 and 44.2% in 2019-21, according to the data. The total number of approved seats for engineering courses has also been gradually decreasing over the past five years.
Vacant BTech seats in the last 5 years