It was one of the most sought after courses till few years back. However, the master of computer application (MCA) course is now hardly finding any takers. Against the availability of 8,000 seats, only 1,330 seats have been occupied.
The grim situation is despite a second time extension in the last date of counseling for admissions to 215 colleges across the state. The director of technical education extended the last date of MCA counseling from July 31 to August 11.
According to DTE, only six government colleges offering MCA courses could manage to fill its seats completely, they include Engineering college, Jabalpur, MITS, Gwalior, SATI, Vidisha, School of CS, DAVV, Indore, SGSITS, Indore and UIT, RGPV, Bhopal. In the first counseling, only 800 seats were allotted in MCA.
There are 215 colleges across the state, including 67 in Bhopal, which offer MCA courses. Official records say around 80% of their students appearing for Pre MCA test every year are from the state, while the rest are from other states.
After witnessing a low turn-out in the open counseling, colleges running the MCA courses are not expecting much. “Going by the past experience, we expect that the same number of seats will be filled in college-level counseling which were filled during open counseling,” convener of Madhya Pradesh Association of Technical and Professional Institutes, KC Jain said.
About the lack of interest in MCA courses, Jain said: “The situation was no different last year as well. May be students are finding better opportunities in other disciplines. It is becoming a trend over the last couple of years.”
On the other hand, students who did not appear for the Pre-MCA counseling, said that DTE should have announced the college level counseling earlier. “By extending the date, there was not any much increase in the turn-out of the students for MCA. Authorities are yet to announce the college level counseling dates which means the session will be delayed again,” Shyamvir Vishwas who hails from Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, said.
Source : Times of India dated 17.08.2012