The Maharashtra new engineering admission rules are going to be a hindrance for the private technical institutions to fill vacant seats after the centralized process.
According to private colleges in the state, the government is said to be playing with their autonomy, since they have spent crores to build their institutes and these strict policies will force them to shut their institutions.
The students, who were admitted- to- first-year-engineering programmes, after their BSc or diploma, to fill vacancies in colleges, will also have to appear for the state-conducted common entrance test (CET) from the coming academic year 2016.
However, the government has not publicized the new policy. Though having a single common entrance test for engineering admissions will help in reducing malpractices, there may be some problems in the first year. The Maharashtra Unaided Private Professional Institutions (Regulation of admissions and fees) Act, 2015, has been designed to ensure that the institutions which are able to sustain the competition only will survive in the long run.
All the institutions in the state will have to follow the provisions of the new Act for all admissions. The Act clearly states that all seats can be admitted only through CET and a centralized process. This will be applicable to all type of students, including diploma-holders and BSc graduates. Students who are focused and want to genuinely seek admission in an engineering college will have to appear for the CET.