*DTE expect the number to go up with NIT, IIT, medical admissions
PANAJI: As many as 150 engineering degree seats have remained vacant across four private colleges after the first round of admission that concluded on June 28.
The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) said that the number of vacant seats might go up once the admission process to NITs and IITs and medical gets completed.
The second round of admissions to engineering seats will only take place after the dates for medical seats admissions are announced that is expected after July 15.
There are total 1,500 seats spread across five engineering colleges- one government and four private.
“Almost all the seats of the Goa Engineering Col- lege are taken. But 150 seats in the private insti- tutes have remained vacant,” officer said.
Officer explained that presently the admissions for NIT, IIT are ongoing and also NEET based ad- missions are yet to start.
“Many NIT, IIT and medical aspirants have taken admissions in engineering as a back-up. But once their seats get confirmed many will leave and hence the vacancies will go up,” officer said.
Ever since government introduced 25 per cent reserved quota for economically weaker sections, more number of seats have fallen vacant.
The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has announced to discontinue with GCET, paving the way for a new method of admissions based on marks secured in JEE. The DTE said that the decision will save students from stress and to compete at national level.
The five engineering colleges that will adapt to these changes are Goa College of Engineering Farmagudi; PCC college Verna, Rayeshwar College Shiroda; Don Bosco Engineering College Fatorda and Agnel Institute of Design Assagao, accounting for a total of approximately 1500 seats. In addition admissions to NIT will also be determined according to the same criteria.
Since 2005, the GCET has been an essential criterion in the State to determine merit for admissions to engineering degree seats. On average, 2,500 students use to answer this exam, annually.