Mumbai: Inspite of having securing qualifying marks in JEE (Advanced) about 600 engineering aspirants have not taken admission in the IITs and NITs.
After the first round of admission process, around 591 seats remained vacant in IITS. While 6,744 seats remained vacant in NITs and other government-funded technical institutes (GFTIs). The first round of the joint seat allocation process ended on Sunday.
The second round of admission process is scheduled to start on Monday. However, the vacant seats will be available for students in this round.
In total 34,000 seats in 85 engineering institutes are offering admissions in the first-ever IIT-NIT-GFTI joint-seat allocation process.
Speaking to TOI, officials said so far no clear picture has emerged on the courses and institutes where seats have been rejected. Vacancies have been also been reported from the older IITs as well. IIT-Bombay and IIT-Delhi, for instance, have 24 and 18 vacant seats after the first round.
"IIT-Kharagpur, which received a large number of applicants, has 91 vacant seats.In ISM-Dhanbad, which is part of the IIT admission process, several seats are unclaimed. Last year, 650 seats were vacant in the IITs after the first round (9,711 seats were available)," they added
However, the IITs have extended the first round deadline by a few hours till midnight on Sunday, but the numbers did not change much.
Since seats are vacant several students may get a better option in the second round, An official from IIT- Bombay said a student with an NIT seat, if allotted an IIT seat in the second round, will have to go to the IIT reporting centre to secure it and vice-versa. If this is not done, he or she will lose both seats.
Reacting on the admission process, IIT-Kanpur director Indranil Manna said the clear picture on the vacancies will be available only after the completion of the all the three rounds. Generally the older IITs will be left with few vacant seats whereas the new IITs may have more vacancies comparatively.