In a bid to make the government aware about the number of seats lying vacant at various private aided colleges,the Directorate of Higher Education took up a survey.
It is for the first time that such a survey was undertaken by the directorate and it is set to be an annual exercise.
According to the survey,the maximum number of seats lying vacant are in the science stream. Out of the 14,760 seats,as many as 3776 seats were lying vacant last year.
Apart from that,1590,2240 and 325 were unoccupied out of the 27,240,22320 and 2880 seats for arts,commerce and law respectively. The survey was carried out for places like Mumbai,Panvel,Kolhapur,Solapur,Jalgaon,Aurangabad,Nanded,Amravati and Nagpur apart from Pune.
When it comes to the entire states,as many as 26036,17404,17597,1580 seats were vacant in arts,commerce,science and law respectively in the first year of these private aided colleges.
Speaking about the need of such a survey,R V Kirdak,higher education said,We took up this survey for the first time because the government needs specific data regarding the trends in education in the state. These colleges get grants from the government. Thus,if in a particular college,many of the seats are lying vacant,the government can choose not to provide funds to them.
The region-wise survey will also help the government in future planning with regard to the private colleges.
The survey shows trends in education for a given year. For instance,if according to the data,30-40 per cent of seats are vacant in the colleges,they should not be given the sanction, added Kirdak.
Also,the survey shows that lots of students are choosing to go for vocational courses in the state.
More and more students are choosing to go towards job-oriented vocational course. The demand of a few courses are diminishing because of reasons like the non-upgradation of courses with changing times. The data will help the government to think about future policies in respect to the colleges or also about the setting up of new colleges, said Kirdak.