The vacant seats meant for the SC/ST candidates in the six new IITs would be carried forward to next academic session, the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the elite institutes decided on Wednesday. The JAB of JEE 2008, which met here, decided that the 66 vacant seats for SC/ST candidates in the six new IITs would be made available for admission in 2009 in the new IITs as a one-time measure.
“It was observed that the issue of vacancies of seats in the IIT system is a matter of concern and, therefore, a very comprehensive review is necessary. While doing so the most important point to be kept in mind is that the IITs’ brand equity should not be diluted,” IIT Kanpur director Sanjay Dhande told reporters here.
“All the seven old IITs have filled all their seats for the year 2008-09 in the regular as well as preparatory courses. As for the new IITs, the issue of 66 vacancies in seats reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes was reviewed,” Dhande said.
“Taking into account factors like infrastructure, classrooms and faculty, the JAB decided the preparatory courses for the new IITs would start in 2009. The vacancy for the SC/ST seats will be made available for admission exercises in 2009 in the new six IITs as a one-time measure,” he added.
The existing seven IITs have filled all their seats in regular as well as the preparatory courses. As for the new IITs, the issue of 66 vacancies in SC/ST seats was reviewed by the JAB. “The heads of many IITs reported that they have surmounted many challenges in starting the new IITs in a short period of time. Even now there are several difficulties in conducting regular classes of these institutions which are managed by their mentor IITs,” Dhande said.