A three-member committee was set up by the HRD Ministry to suggest measures to curb vacant seats during admissions into IITs and other centrally funded technical institutions. The committee is headed by IIT Kharagpur director Partha Pratim Chakraborty and consisting of one NIT director and a ministry official. This committee will provide report on the vacancy issue in three weeks from now.
According to the admission data at the end of the joint counselling session, there were about 72 vacancies in all IITs, most of the seats from IIT BHU, 1518 vacancies in NITs and 1174 in central government funded technical institutes.
During the session, several options to avoid the vacancies were discussed which are as follows:
One of the methods to do this is to provide a refund of rupees 1 lakh to students, this is an option as the committee thinks the fee used for blocking of admission seat was not being taken seriously by the students and about 95% of the blocked seats were being revoked and refunded.
Secondly, the committee wants to provide options for the students to register afresh after the counselling session begins. This will let students who miss a part of the counselling session still make up for it.
The vacancies in the NITs of the northeastern region of the country was attributed to the reluctance of the students from other parts to join there. According to an HRD official, most of the vacancies are part of the state quota.