NEW DELHI: Seats at the once fabled Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) are going a-begging as 769 students have opted out of admission, says a report.
It is the first time that the IITs have failed to fill general category seats after the first round of admission. Of course, reserved seats remain unfulfilled quite often.
The reasons for not joining the prestigious institutions varied from “not having confidence in the new IITs” to “getting allotments in not-so-popular streams,’’ says the report by the Times of India.
“Hundreds of seats are available for students of all categories,” according to JEE (advanced) chairman H C Gupta.
“While there are seats available in every IIT, most vacant seats are at ISM, Dhanbad. IT-BHU (now an IIT), which used to have many unfilled seats, does not have as many vacancies this year. It has improved,” Gupta was quoted as saying.
According to the report, students, who took admission, were offered internal betterment before the second allotment. So, if a student with a ranking of 1,100 did not take the seat allotted, another with a lower ranking got that place (if he opted for that subject in the preference form). After the first round closed in 2009, 505 seats were unfilled; in 2011, 300-odd seats were vacant and came up in the second round.
But until a few years ago, IITs did not conduct a second round of admissions and unfilled seats used to be transferred to the preparatory programme, a bridge course to bring quota students to the mark, the report said.
The report quotes a 1993 report by former IIT-Madras director P V Indiresan and former IIT-Delhi director N C Nigam on the impact of quotas in IITs. According to the 1993 report, “Nearly 50% reserved seats remain vacant as SC/ST students are unable to secure the minimum threshold marks. Of those admitted, almost 25% are told to leave due to poor performance.’’