The seats in the engineering colleges are being planned to be converted to arts and science seats
In India, 14.5 lakh seats are available in engineering. However, the candidates who have applied for engineering admission in 2019-20 has stopped at 8 to 9 lakhs only. The ratio is quite poor. There are too many engineering seats that are being wasted. Around 5 lah seats are to remain vacant.
The number of students appearing in the national level entrance exam – JEE Main 2019 has also reduced. Until 2018, 11 lakh candidates used to register for the exam. However, in 2019 this number has reduced to 9 lakhs. For both the JEE Main 2019 sessions the number of registrations received is around 9 lakhs only.
In this regard Professor P.C. Chandrasekharan says that it is important for the engineering aspirants to mingle with students of other departments like arts and science for their holistic development. Thus, allowing the engineering colleges to convert these seats into setas of other streams by opening up new courses is not a bad move.