The Self-financing Engineering College Managements Association has estimated that about 8,000 seats will remain vacant in its various affiliated colleges this academic year.
The assessment was made after the Admission Supervisory Committee for Professional Colleges on Thursday declared the results of an entrance test held here on Wednesday to fill the vacant seats. Committee officials said that 1,592 of the 1,600 applicants cleared the test.
T.A. Vijayan, general secretary of the association, told The Hindu that the number of vacant seats in the 102 affiliated colleges would be about 8,000 even though only 58 institutions had reported the vacancy position.
About 5,250 seats were remaining vacant in these colleges. About 3,000 seats in self-financing colleges in the State had remained vacant last year, he said.
Mr. Vijayan said the association representatives would meet Chief Minister Oommen Chandy after the Assembly session to discuss how to avoid the situation, where in several seats remained vacant in the self-financing engineering colleges.
He said many students had migrated to other States in view of the inordinate delay in starting the admission process for professional courses in the State this year.
Mr. Vijayan said the association would discuss whether it should hand over 50 per cent seats to the government considering the fact that the Entrance Commissioner was finding it difficult to fill the seats every year.