Out of total 18,22,932 available seats in various undergraduate and postgraduate engineering courses, only 9,15,196 (approximately 50%) seats were filled during the academic year 2015-16.
Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State for Human Resource and Development provided the information in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.
Replying to another question, Pandey revealed that in 2016 as the Joint Seat allotment in various engineering colleges was over, 73 seats in IITs, 23 seats in IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, 1518 seats in NITs, 407 seats in IIITs and 1174 seats in other centrally funded technical institutions were vacant.
Adding further to his reply, the minister said, in order to reduce the vacancies, six rounds of seat allotment was conducted in 2016, the minister said in his reply.
In a reply to another question, Pandey said while answering to another question that 308 faculty positions has reported vacant in JNU at various levels.