Maharashtra admissions: 45 percent of seats left vacantAccording to the TOI sources from the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), there are a large number of vacant seats for the polytechnic course across Maharashtra. Earlier, the same situation occurred with the engineering course of the state. Across 550 polytechnics in the state, about 1.25 lakh seats are available out of the total intake of over 1.81 lakh seats. The rest of the seats are filled up through the management quota.

At 71 colleges in the Nagpur division there are 25,691 seats, but there was a deadline for the submission of forms on Monday, only 11,674 applications were received at various application receipt centres (ARCs). The sources pointed out that this year over 14,000 seats which were 45 percent of the total seats would be left vacant.

Despite the overall SSC results jump by 3.14 percent from 88.32 percent to 91.46 percent, the situation is more or less same in the other divisions. All the divisions, except Mumbai witnessed the highest success rate with over 14 lakh candidates clearing the SSC examinations. Even CBSE results increased this year.

The increased results raised hopes among the college managements that the trend of vacant seats being witnessed since the past few years would reverse. After the poor sale of forms, their hopes were crushed.

Gulab Thakre, joint director of technical education told TOI, “We will not extend the deadline like we did for engineering admissions. It would hardly make any difference, even if we extend last dates.”