IIT admissions: More vacant seats as students choose institutes near home
Students at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) seem to be surrendering seats allotted to them in the admission rounds that started in the last week of June.
After the end of the fifth round of seat allotments, 67 seats were vacant across 23 IITs, including three seats in IIT?Bombay, and the Indian School of Mines (ISM) Dhanbad. All these seats were allotted once again in the sixth round which was announced on Tuesday.
“Off late, students prefer institutes closer home, and don’t run behind brand names. By the fifth and sixth rounds if they find a seat in an IIT closer home, they don’t mind withdrawing admissions from the top IITs too,” said a professor from IIT Bombay. He added that this has been the trend since last year, which is when the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) introduced the feature of withdrawal of admissions.
All 929 seats in IIT-B were allotted and confirmed after the first two rounds of admissions. However, three students withdrew admissions after the fifth round, leaving three seats vacant. “All the vacant seats were once again allotted to eligible candidates in the sixth round announced on July 18,” said an official from JoSAA.
After five rounds of seat allotment, almost all IITs had seat vacancy due to the same reason. While IIT-B has three seats vacant, one each in the chemical engineering, physics and chemistry departments, IIT-Delhi has four seats vacant, IIT-Kanpur has six seats vacant whereas IIT-(BHU) Varanasi and IITGuwahati has 10 and six vacant seats respectively. All these seats, except one seat in the Scheduled Tribe (ST) quota at IIT-Bhubaneshwar, have been allotted once again in the sixth round.
This is the third year that JoSAA is conducting admissions for IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) and a total of seven rounds of seat allotment will take place this time round. Last year, 76 seats remained vacant across IITs after six rounds of seat allotment.
This is the last round when students will be allowed to withdraw admissions, if need be. The seventh and final seat allotment round will be announced on July 21.