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Govt lowers SC/ST cut-off to fill seats

The IITS, which faced problems filling SC/ST seats this year (2008-09), decided on Sunday to further lower the cut-off for them in next year’s admissions, to make way for as many candidates as possible.

delhi Updated: Aug 25, 2008 00:15 IST
Prasad Nichenametla

The IITS, which faced problems filling SC/ST seats this year (2008-09), decided on Sunday to further lower the cut-off for them in next year’s admissions, to make way for as many candidates as possible.

The decision was made keeping in view that next year, the six new IITs and the older ones will increase seats in lieu with expansion. This year, the seven old IITs expanded by 13 per cent, accommodating nine per cent OBC quota. The six new IITs — at Gandhinagar, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad and in Punjab and Rajasthan, each with 120 seats — implemented 27 per cent quota from this year.

But 66 seats meant for SCs and STs in the six new IITs were left vacant, as there were not enough eligible candidates. As the new IITs expressed inability to start preparatory courses for SC/ST candidates, citing infrastructure and faculty problems, the Joint Admission Board of 2008 decided to leave the 19 SC and 47 ST seats vacant this year. These seats would be filled afresh as part of IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), 2009.

About 3.11 lakh candidates appeared for JEE 2008 While the cut-off for the last general category student admitted in IITs was 180 marks out of a total of 489, the cut-off for the last of the SC/ST students was 104.

The Joint Admission Board, which met in IIT-Kharagpur on Sunday to finalise the entrance policy for next year, decided to increase the cut-off waiver for SC/STs and the physically disabled from the present 40 per cent to 50 per cent. This is to ensure more SC/ST students make it through the process, Prof D. Acharya, director IIT-Kharagpur, and Prof Gautam Barua, director IIT Guwahati, told HT.

According to IIT directors, the exact number of seats to be added for the next academic session would be decided later as they have to work out the ability to expand infrastructure on campuses. The IIT-JEE 2009 will be held on April 12, 2009, for which the exam pattern remains almost the same.