The officials were surprised to see how the candidates were not serious about their admissions into IIT's. Moreover, they were unaware of the fact that these students were smart enough, and they had already chosen to study abroad.
Most of these students who took concern of informing the authorities about their inefficiency to attend the counselling, they have told that they have either secured admission abroad or are going to study maths and physics in institutions like Chennai Mathematics Institute or IISc Bangalore.
Some of them have also said that since they did not get their preferred stream of Engineering, they would rather go to a non-IIT institute.
IIT Kharagpur has a total of 1341 undergraduate seats, and admission happens through the IITJEE advanced test.
IITJEE chairman at Kharagpur P K Das said "We hope to fill up all the seats by July 16. It's true that 96 candidates have not come for counseling because they have other options, but that should not dilute the IIT Kharagpur brand in any way. This is the case with all the IIT's and two more rounds of counseling will jointly happen to fill up vacant seats."
It is said that the situation was observed last year too, where despite three rounds of counselling, IIT Kharagpur was unable to fill 48 seats last year which remains to be vacant.
However, the second round of counselling started on Wednesday and will continue for three days. If seats still remain vacant, a third and final round will also be conducted.
Nationally, 769 candidates did not come for counselling in the IIT's, which is a whopping number, feel experts. For the second round of counseling, 750 candidates have been called, of whom 81 had come to IIT-Kharagpur.