With the mushrooming of technical colleges in the country, a number of them, including the well known institutes are facing the issue of vacant seats. As per the information furnished by Mahendra Nath Pandey, the Minister of State for HRD, as many as six phases of seat allotment were conducted in 2016. However, at the end of these rounds, a number of seats remained vacant in the premier technical institutes in the country. These included 73 seats in IITs, 1518 seats in the NITs and 23 seats in ISM Dhanbad.
Though the government had earlier issued directives to ensure that seats don’t remain vacant, the institutes don’t seem to be following them to the line. The government has again urged these institutes to increase their student intake in order to ensure that these seats are filled.
Additionally, about 407 seats remain vacant in the IIITs while 11,274 seats in other centrally funded technical institutions have failed to find any takers. As per the minister, “total 18, 22,932 seats in undergraduate and postgraduate engineering courses, only 9, 15,196 seats were filled in 2015-16 academic session.”
He said informed the members of the parliament that the number of Universities in the country is increasing abashed. As per a report furnished by the UGC, the total number of universities and colleges in India has now reached a stunning 40,760!
JNU, named as the best University in the country, currently has 308 vacant faculty positions.
As per the reports mentioned in several newspapers, the current target in the Indian higher education is to increase Gross Enrollment Ratio to 25.2 per cent in 2017-18 and 30 per cent in 2020-21.
In 2015-16, the Gross Enrollment Ratio in higher education is 24.5 per cent.