HYDERABAD: The number of engineering seats in Telanganaobserved arises this year with the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTU-H) granting affiliation to 169 colleges against 174 granted last year. As with 81,186 seats available to candidates during the 2017-18 academic year, there are 84,124 seats up for grabs this time around.
These revised figures were released by the Eamcet convenor, Navin Mittal, convener of Telangana engineering, agriculture and medical common entrance test on Sunday.
Over and above the JNTUH colleges, 11 engineering colleges affiliated to Osmania University, with an approved intake of 6,260 seats, and four colleges affiliated to Kakatiya University with 1,800 seats, will also be on offer.
Although the number of affiliated colleges has observed a drop this year, officials attribute the rise in a number of seats too few colleges fulfilling the norms this year. “Last year, we did not grant permission to few branches in existing colleges due to some shortcomings such as lack of PhD qualified teachers etc. This year, the colleges have fulfilled these norms and secured permissions resulting in rising in a number of seats,” said N Yadaiah, registrar of JNTUH.
On the contrary, the number of engineering colleges being granted the All India Council of Technical Education’s nod increased this year. This year, 228 colleges with an intake of 1,14,247 were granted AICTE approval as opposed to 181 colleges with an intake of 84,497 approved last year.