After three rounds of admissions, around 57 per cent seats remain vacant in the law colleges in Maharashtra. Now, the government has announced the fourth round on 6th October hoping to fill the gap, where candidates can change preferences and reapply.
The Directorate of Higher Education, Maharashtra informed about the admission process in progress, revealing some shocking data.
- Around 12,500 seats are vacant right now
- Around 30,000 candidates took the state’s first CET for law
- Only 9,455 confirmed their admissions
- More than 6,500 seats have been confirmed in the three-year course
- Only 2,300 seats have been filled.
Ironically, the demand for law courses among students in the past few years has increased, whereas the turnout for admissions is low. Most of the vacancies are in colleges outside Mumbai and the demand is very high for colleges within Mumbai.
Common Entrance Test (CET) cell has released a list of vacancies in colleges across the state so that candidates can change their preferences as per the fourth and fifth rounds. The CET Cell will allow private unaided colleges to conduct admissions based on merit for the fifth round. For the general category candidates, there are very few seats available in the city and they are literally in distress.
The Principal of KC Law College, Sunita Khariwal said that there are 300 seats available in the college, out of which 150 have been filled. The college was much in demand among candidates, but the enrollment has been low.
An official of CET Cell said that candidates must fill in their preferences carefully for the next two rounds. A student complained that they were not allotted seats because they were told by the CET official that they didn’t fill the application forms properly. For the low turnout, several candidates and principals blamed the admission process. But an official of CET Cell refutes the charges and said that the admission process had anything to do with the lower number of admissions.