Over 60 per cent of engineering seats in West Bengal remain vacant after the end of the counselling process conducted by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) Board. According to the registrar office, around 10,525 students took admission in engineering courses this year after three phases of the counselling process, which closed on July 20. There are overall 32,700 seats on offer in various engineering colleges in West Bengal. This year, a total of 22,175 seats remain vacant, as compared to 16,000 last year, according to the registrar office of WBJEEB. The registrar mentioned, “Though the state-wise admission process has been closed on July 20, the colleges can still enroll students based on their individual criteria.”
The WBJEEB official informed, “The middle-rung engineering colleges had hardly any takers this year. Over 18,000 seats went vacant in private engineering colleges, which is a 30 per cent increase against last year’s 13,375.”
The recession is not only limited to private colleges, but also reputed government colleges including Jadavpur University, which have faced the burn. According to Chiranjib Bhattacharjee, head of the engineering department, Jadavpur University, there are 197 seats still vacant in various departments and the number may go up to 250 after closure of the admission process. “At the end of the three-phase counselling, while 1,260 students got into various courses offered by the Jadavpur University, only 1,076 have taken admission so far,” pointed out Bhattacharjee.