Over 44% Engineering and 32% MBA/MCA Seats Remained Vacant in Gujarat Colleges in 2023

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Gujarat saw a significant number of vacant seats in engineering and postgraduate management courses in 2023, according to information presented by the state government to the Legislative Assembly.

  • Engineering Colleges: Over 44% of seats in various engineering colleges, including self-financed institutions, remained unfilled. This translates to more than 62,000 vacant seats out of a total of 1,40,852 seats available for both degree and diploma programs.
  • MBA & MCA Courses: Over 32% of seats in Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Computer Applications (MCA) programs remained vacant. This translates to 7,742 unfilled seats out of a total of 23,791.

Minister’s Statement:

State Higher and Technical Education Minister Rushikesh Patel provided a breakdown of the vacant seats:

  • Degree Engineering: 38,811 seats remained vacant.
  • Diploma Engineering: 23,501 seats remained vacant.

Possible Reasons:

The news article doesn’t mention the reasons behind the high vacancy rate. However, some possible explanations explored in other news reports include:

  • Students opting for other career paths after graduation.
  • Preference for pursuing higher studies or jobs over these specific programs.
  • Lack of industry alignment with the curriculum offered by some colleges.

This information raises questions about the employability of engineering graduates and the relevance of certain management courses in the current job market.

Source: Live Hindustan, 2 March, 2024

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