The government has created 95 additional seats for the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) to accommodate those who were denied a place because of technical and software glitches that happened during counselling.
There are more than 20,000 seats for the 30 NITs across the country. These seats are supernumerary and temporary in nature and shall be valid only for the academic year 2013-14.
Of the 95 seats that have been created, only 50 have been filled.
“There had been glitches during counselling this year. The mistakes happened because of technical errors at some reporting centres. The software that we used this time, could not protect the errors. But because of this, 95 high rankers were bypassed by the low rankers,” chairman of Central Seat Allocation Board and NIT Rourkela director Sunil Kumar Sarangi, told HT.
Sarangi said that this was noticed after the admission process got over. “We requested the government to allocate 95 extra seats and last week we got a letter in this regard. We informed the 95 students individually and of them 50 have accepted the NIT seats. We have refunded back the money to the those who did not accept the seats.”
There are still 642 seats vacant, but they belong to different categories.