It is a cherished dream for many engineering aspirants to get admission into the College of Engineering Pune (COEP) Technological University. Well, their dreams have just got a little easier with the state government deciding to increase the intake capacity for all BTech engineering courses in the varsity by more than 25 percent.
University officials informed that a total of 150 seats have been added in nine engineering courses taught at the institute taking the total number from 570 to 720 for the current academic year (AY) 2022-23. While the original 570 seats will be reserved for students domiciled in Maharashtra, the additional 150 are up for grabs for all Indian candidates to be allotted on the basis of their scores at the national-level Joint Entrance Exams (JEE) examinations.
It may be noted that the COEP was granted the status of technological university a few months ago. However, the admission process for this academic year will be conducted through the state Common Entrance Test (CET) cell. Accordingly, students would be granted admission on the basis of the scores obtained in the MHT-CET and JEE exams.
Aniruddha Kurane is one such aspirant who dreams of taking admission to the COEP. Welcoming the decision, he said, “I have got good scores in both JEE and MHT-CET. So, I don’t have to move to another city or state to pursue BTech. Students are happy that the COEP entry will be easy for us. A few years ago my sister could not get admission due to less intake capacity. It is good that the possibility of getting admission into the institute has increased.”
Kiran Kurane, a parent, expressed satisfaction at 570 seats being available for Maharashtra State students. He said, “It has increased the chances for our children to take admission into the prestigious institute.”
Dr Mukul Sutaone, officiating director, of COEP Technological University, confirmed that the admission process for this year will be conducted through the centralised admission process (CAP) by the state CET cell.
“From next year, the admission process will be conducted at the COEP level. In addition to the state quota, students belonging to the state can also seek admission through all India quota based on their JEE scores,” he said while adding that the number of seats for post-graduate courses would remain the same at 489 seats.