Bangalore: The first round of admissions to engineering colleges in Karnataka has left 1,871 seats vacant of a total 32,800 available, and the number is expected to increase many times in the next round scheduled on 7 August.
Curious wait: Students and parents enquire about their ranks and seat allocation at the CET office in Bangalore
Many who have accepted seats in the first round are likely to accept admission offers outside Karnataka, or in other fields of study, leading to more vacancies.
The number of seats also go up by 2,000 as 10 new private engineering colleges start academic sessions this year.
Mint had reported on 7 July that up to 5,000 seats might have no takers in the state, even as applications for admission surge, because of the poor quality of many institutions and their faculty.
Those vacancies till now are in various categories such as for scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and other backward caste students, and in the sports quota. General merit seats were, however, completely filled.
On 15 July, 251 seats for undergraduate studies in architecture will be allocated.
Students take a common entrance test, or CET, for engineering and medical courses are gain admission based on rankings. This year, over 110,000 students took the CET conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority, a state government department that conducts tests to professional courses.