1,500 engg college seats for diploma students

Decision taken following AICTEs refusal to quota hike in seats

 The move comes in the wake of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) not approving the increase in quota for diploma students from 10 to 15 per cent in engineering colleges.

“Many students will face the brunt of AICTE’s refusal to approve the quota hike. So, we have decided to reserve 1,500 unfilled engineering seats from the last academic year for polytechnic students this year,” Limbavali said.

At an event organised to felicitate diploma students who topped their exams and the entrance examination conducted by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) this year, Limbavali assured that no efforts will be spared in trying to pursue the Centre to approve the increase in the intake of diploma students. “I shall once again approach the Union Minister for HRD, Kapil Sibal to discuss the matter,” said Limbavali.


Last year, with the State Government reserving 15 per cent seats for diploma students, a total of 9,762 diploma candidates were allotted engineering seats.

However, this year only 6,000-odd seats are available due to AICTE’s non-approval for the increased intake.

With the additional 1,500 unfilled seats from last academic year, the number of engineering seats on offer for the diploma students is expected to go up to 8,242 seats.

The total number of eligible candidates from polytechnics this year has reached 16,862.

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