Implementing common counselling for IITs and NITs admissions has its challenges. “One challenge is to use two separate merit lists of JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced) and do an allocation that is optimal for each candidate. An increased level of coordination is needed between the NITs and IITs. New software needs to be developed to permit online entry of choices by the candidates, etc. Work is progressing on schedule on all these fronts and all the challenges are being addressed satisfactorily,” says an IIT Bombay spokesperson.
The court has ordered IIT Bombay to be the organising institution that will implement common counselling. “Common seat allocation will prevent a candidate from accepting more than one seat, which was possible in the earlier system (one in an IIT and the other in an NIT). Consequently, we expect some of the vacant seats to be filled by the new process, since each candidate can accept just one seat. However, this will not solve the problem entirely since students can opt for admission in an educational institute other than NIT or IIT after accepting admission in an IIT or NIT,” says the spokesperson, adding that there is a robust algorithm, vetted by computer science experts, that guarantees an optimal allotment of a seat for a candidate appearing in different entrance exams, based on choices of the candidate. “It offers all candidates to get best choice seats and all institutions to fill all their all seats. The technical committee zeroed in on ‘deferred seat allocation’ algorithm that can amicably resolve seat allocation over two different merit lists (of IIT and NIT) through common counselling window,” says Professor Dhiren R Patel of NIT Surat.