One third posts in Gujarat’s government degree and diploma colleges are vacant, according to data presented by the state government in the Assembly on Tuesday. This is the situation across 31 government polytechnic diploma colleges (3,995) and six government degree engineering colleges (2,754) where over 2,200 posts are vacant against a total of 6,749 sanctioned posts. As of December 12, 2021, a total of 2,230 posts across class 1-4 cadres are vacant in government degree (952) and diploma colleges (1,278). Of the 16 engineering colleges in the state, LD college of engineering in Ahmedabad ranks highest in the number of vacant posts across three cadres.
There are 38 vacancies among the 98 sanctioned posts in Class-1. In Class-4 category, 77 of the 96 sanctioned positions are vacant against 127 sanctioned posts. The data put out in the Assembly on Tuesday, showed that in the last two years, a total of over 1.19 lakh seats have gone vacant in both diploma and degree engineering colleges across government, grant-in-aid and self-financed colleges.
In response to various questions raised in the Assembly, the data showed that 5,921 seats in government polytechnic colleges would go unfilled by 2020. Similarly, in government degree engineering colleges, 2,377 seats were vacant in 2020. This dropped marginally to 5,110 and 1,942 respectively in 2021. The highest number of non-takers have been in self-financed colleges. In 2020 against 21,920 seats filled, 21,123 were vacant in polytechnic institutes. In 2021, the status of filled seats was 24,229 and vacant seats were 20,371.
Previously in 2020, in private engineering colleges, only 19,141 vacancies were filled and 33,541 seats were left vacant. In 2021, against 26,912 filled seats 28,758 were vacant.