IIT admissions: 92 seats vacant after Round 6

  • Shreya Bhandary, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 21, 2016 00:22 IST

After the last round of admissions, 92 seats in IITs across the country still remain unclaimed. This is after 293 seats were allotted in the sixth round of IIT admissions by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) on July 19 and by July 20, the last day for students to confirm their admissions with the respective institutes. Only 201 had finished the process.

At the end of five rounds of admissions at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and National Institutes of Technology (NIT), 427 students have withdrawn admissions.

JoSAA officials revealed that even though all the seats were allotted once again by the sixth round of admissions, there was no clarity on how many students would finally accept the seats. Senior JEE officials have said that most of these seats are from the newer IITs. JoSAA officials told HT that most of the NIT seats which had no takers were due to the location of the institutes. “There is very little demand for the institutes in the Northeast. Similarly, in the case of the two seats at IIT-Roorkee, both fall under a quota and no student has qualified for the seat,” said Dr K V Krishna, JoSAA chairperson.

“All seats from which students withdrew were allotted to new students in every round and the number of withdrawals are still increasing. In the fifth round alone, 243 students withdrew their admissions,” said a JoSAA official.

JoSAA decided to conduct six rounds of admissions this year in order to ensure that all seats at IITs, NITs, Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other government-funded technical institutes could be filled. By the end of sixth round of admissions, over 180 seats in NITs have no takers while 4,000 seats were allocated in the last round. Wednesday was the last date for students to confirm their admissions to these institutes.

“The final seat count will be released by the IITs over the next couple of weeks, but overall, more students seem to have given away seats at the newer IITs,” said a senior JEE official.

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