Some deserving candidates, who were denied admission in the B.Tech programmes due to software glitch during the counselling process.
Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has added 95 engineering seats to the existing National Institutes of Technology (NITs) for the year 2013.
The candidates were left out from seat allotment despite having higher merit than those admitted.
Sources said HRD Minister M. M. Pallam Raju exercised his powers to create the additional seats. The special provision is only for this academic year (2013-14).
"These (additional) seats are purely supernumerary and temporary in nature and shall be valid only for the academic year 2013-14 as a one time measure," the HRD Ministry said in its letter to the Chairman of Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) and NIT Rourkela director Sunil Kumar Sarangi.
Central Seat Allotment Board (CSAB) had conducted the counselling for the engineering courses in NITs across India.