As thousands of seats of engineering and management courses lie vacant in the state, another 40,000 have been added for Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). To fill ITI seats, the state vocational education and training department has started a special round of admissions till Tuesday.

Few takers: Out of total one lakh seats available in ITI courses across the state, 40,000 are still vacant at establishments including Industrial Training Institute, Aundh. File Pic

  “Out of total one lakh seats available in ITI courses across the state, 40,000 are still vacant. To fill these our department has started a special online round of admissions,” said Chandrakant Ninale, Joint Director (Pune region) of vocational education and training department.
This year for the first time ITI admissions saw an online procedure and many students, especially in the rural parts complained of not being able to participate in the procedure.
“In the special round a fresher can also participate by registering his name. On the other hand those who have already registered but have not got seats can try in the fresh round. All admissions in the special round will be held according to merit. The only thing is that candidates should ensure they register their names before August 13,” Ninale said.
Pune region had vocational education courses in five districts and with a total of 61 ITIs. “In Pune region there are 18,000 seats, out of which 6,000 are vacant,” Ninale said. Explaining why so many seats are vacant R V Kakde, Principal of ITI, Aundh, said, “My institute has 36 various engineering, non-engineering courses.
But many students apply for the top five courses only. As a result seats seta for the other courses remained vacant. The students should consider their interest, and merit before applying for any course.”
“Since some years rather than doing ITI courses after class XII, students prefer engineering courses as the government has already decreased the merit criteria for engineering education. When the government does not find candidates to fill engineering seats in the state, how can it expect that ITI would get filled cent percent,” explained a teacher.
In Maharashtra, this year, out of 1.35 lakh engineering seats, 53,264 seats are vacant, according to data produced by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE). For MBA, 24,213 of 36,447 seats, or two-third seats, are vacant.