At least 85 students have been denied admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) even after being shortlisted because of failing to be in the 20 percentile bracket of their respective board.
These rejections come after first and second round of counselling for admissions. The number could further increase after the third round.
The government had introduced a new format for IIT selection in 2013 that pushed students to do better in their board exams. In this format, only the top-20 percentile students from each board could be eligible to get admission in the IITs. Before 2013, the only eligibility criteria for admission to IITs was to get a 60 percent in the board exams.
However, academicians feel that there should be an urgent review on the format that was introduced two years ago.
Former president of IIT Delhi Faculty Forum Sanjeev Sanghi told HT: “It has been two years since the format was introduced. It is time we go for a review and fix it at a certain level. The percentile system does not work favourably for boards that give very high marks.”