The IITs have allowed students to surrender their admission within a stipulated timeframe, ensuring that most seats get filled.
On November 25, 2011, HT had reported that around 750 seats in IITs remained vacant due to students dropping out after gaining admission, besides low demand for unpopular courses. On Friday, HT said as there was no option of getting a refund of the Rs 40,000 registration fee, students do not have enough incentive to inform the institute prior to joining some other establishment.
Until now, the shortlisted students used to be called for counselling after they deposited the registration fee. Once the money was paid and the counselling process completed, the seats would be considered ‘filled’.
This, however, will change from 2012. The JEE board on Friday introduced an “exit policy” for students – allowing them to surrender their seats at the time of the third round of counselling for course allotment.
“It will help the IITs offer more vacant seats,” said JEE board chairman (IIT-Delhi) GD Reddy. Stating that this would still not mean 100% admission, he said the institutes had not mentioned the decision in its IIT-JEE brochure.
Seats remain vacant when some of the students, who don’t procure courses of their choice in certain IITs, go for other institutes. They can now opt out, inform the IITs to get a refund, and allow other eligible candidates to be admitted.
The IIT-Delhi also confirmed an HT report stating that all the students on the merit list will not be called for counselling.