The admissions panel of the Indian Institutes of Technology on Friday offered seats to 41 out of 52 students who missed opportunities at other institutions because the premier engineering schools "wrongly" invited them for admissions.
The 41 students have been offered admission purely on the merit of their performance in the IIT Joint Entrance Exam, and will receive seats left vacant after the first round of admissions counseling at the institutes.
But the institutes clarified they would not entertain concerns from the remaining 11 students who may have missed seats because they were misled by the IITs. They also retained the opacity in admissions that prevents these 11 students from verifying how far they stood from earning seats.
"I have done my job. We have said all we had to say about this case," Professor D Srinivasan, co-chairman of the Joint Implementation Committee of the IIT-JEE told HT.
Some of the 41 students offered seats will be admitted to institutions like the IIT, Banaras Hindu University and the Indian School of Mines.
The IITs had issued letters to these 52 students on June 28 informing them that they earned seats after the first round of counseling based on their scores and an add-on test.
But ten days later, the IITs declared they had erred in issuing letters to these students — who had actually not qualified.
The delay proved critical — the students did not take seats offered during the counseling for the All India Engineering Entrance Examination, which ended on July 2.
After Ashna Tayal, one of the 52 students, questioned the decision, the HRD ministry asked the IITs for a report on the case.