Bhopal: More than 44,000 engineering seats are left vacant across colleges in Madhya Pradesh after the first round of counselling. Out of 82,822 engineering seats for 219 engineering colleges in the state, only seats 43,000 seats have been locked.

The declaration of first counselling results has led the Technical Education Department in a state of shock. Considering the matter seriously, the department has started to prepare for second round of counselling.

Out of 43,000 locked seats, 38,878 students have enrolled for different colleges. Since more than 50 percent seats are lying vacant, Engineering colleges are keeping their hopes on second round of counselling.  To show less number of seats and colleges in second session, the department has not included five colleges.

According to the sources in department, last year 10,000 students were given admission in different colleges after second counselling. The department is putting up similar hopes this year as well. However, thousands of seats are likely to remain unoccupied.