33% BTech seats vacant in 2021-22; gradual decrease in approved seats for engineering colleges

Number of approved seats for engineering courses have been gradually decreasing in the past five years. More than 4 lakh seats remain vacant in 2021-22.

33% BTech seats vacant in 2021-22; gradual decrease in approved seats for engineering colleges BTech admission 2022
Anu Parthiban | Dec 14, 2022 - 3:03 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: 33.6 percent seats were not filled in undergraduate engineering colleges in the academic year 2021-22, minister of state for education Subhas Sarkar told the Rajya Sabha today.

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The minister was replying to a question on how many seats are vacant in BTech engineering colleges in the last five years. Responding to a question on why the BTech seats were vacant, Sarkar said: “The filling up of seats in engineering institutes is dependent on demand- supply situation which is dependent on location of the institutes, academic and infrastructural facilities therein and the placement opportunities.”

According to the data shared by the minister 33.6% BTech seats remained vacant in the academic year 2021-22. More than 4 lakh seats remain vacant in 2021-22 against the sanctioned number of 12,53,337 BTech seats. It is noteworthy that nearly 8 lakh engineering aspirants write Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE Main) for admission to various engineering courses.

44 percent seats remain unfilled in the academic year 2020-21 and 44.2% in 2019-21, as per the data. The total number of approved seats for engineering courses have also been gradually decreasing in the past five years.

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Vacant BTech seats in last 5 years

Here are the details of the number of seats approved and vacant in engineering colleges in the last five years.

Year

Number of approved seats

Vacant seats

2017-18

14,65,873

7,22,112

2018-19

13,95,345

6,78,932

2019-20

13,28,247

5,87,314

2020-21

12,86,545

5,66,538

2021-22

12,53,337

4,21,203


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