Maharashtra government has decided to increase seats for management programs in the state by 53%. This news has been received well by management aspirants since colleges now will be authorized to start a second shift for MBA and Masters in Management Studies programs. In 2010–2011, the number of seats will be 33,045 and apart from management, there are 88,370 engineering seats, 8,513 in pharmacy and 7,138 MCA seats in the state. A Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) spokesperson said, “A management degree is highly popular and sought-after. To meet the ever-increasing demand, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved second shifts for management programmes this year. Further, the AICTE has also allowed new colleges to have 120 students in their first batch, instead of 60, which used to be the earlier rule. This has led to a sizeable increase in the total number of seats”.
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has not approved some top engineering colleges. This is a bad news for candidates who aspired to get an admission in top engineering colleges in the state. AICTE declared a list of approved colleges on its official website. The top engineering colleges like RV College of Engineering, PES Institute of Technology, Malnad College of Engineering, and Sri Channabasaveshwara College of Engineering, MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Gokte Institute of Technology and University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering have not get approval for most of the courses and 20 other colleges, including five government colleges are not in the approved list of colleges.
The Counseling for undergraduate engineering admission has been postponed by a week and now it’s scheduled from 7th July to 14th July. The academic sessions for undergraduate courses which were going to commence in September will now start from the first week of October. The counseling for medical & dental courses is also expected to get delayed. The COMED-K counseling for engineering seats will get delayed too. As per the AICTE, the delay has occurred due to some technical issues. AICTE has dropped the top 7 colleges from the list because their approvals were not updated in the final data including People’s Education Society Institute of Technology (PESIT), MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT), BMS College of Engineering and RV College of Engineering (RVCE). Mr. Aravind Limbavali, Cabinet Minister for Higher Education, Government of Karnataka said, “We can start counseling on July 7 as per the earlier announcement, but if we do that, the meritorious students would not get seats in these top colleges. We don’t want to create trouble for students.”These colleges appealed to include their seats in the matrix for counseling.Aravind Limbavali said, “We have requested the AICTE to at least permit us to use last year’s seat matrix to begin the counseling as per schedule.”