Mumbai : The Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) recently extended the deadline for allotment of seats in NIT, IIIT colleges till August 17.
About 5,550 vacant seats are left vacant in NITs, IIITs and other government-funded technical institutions (GFTIs). The extension of deadline will provide a fair chance for meritorious students to take admission in an additional special round.
According to TOI, "Earlier students who were not allotted seats in the joint allocation process were eligible to register. But now the CSAB as decided to allow all the students who have JEE (Main) ranks to apply inorder to take admission."
Out of the 5,550 seats vacant, around 3,100 seats are left vacant in NITs alone. Most of the seats are vacant in unpopular courses, while in many popular courses such as computer science and engineering, mechanical, electrical and civil are also available for admission.
The August 11 deadline for admissions through the additional round has been extended to August 17.
Speaking to TOI, NIT-Patna director and CSAB chairman Asok De said, " NIT-Patna director and CSAB chairman Asok De said the board had received nearly 10,000 applications in the 3 day window for the special round initially."
"The Board has been receiving requests from a set of students , who claim that they have missed out on a seat as they were unaware of business rules in the first-time joint process," he added.
Based on students request the center has decided to open an additional round for all. "There is no harm if admissions are done on the basis of merit and all students get a chance," he said.
However, the revised rules updated on Tuesday night, allowing students, who have already got chance to secure their seats has drawn criticisms from parents and students. Around 80 IITs, NITs, IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutes with more than 32,000 seats made available for students to choose from for the academic year 2015-16.
The HRD Ministry recently set up a joint seat allocation authority to regulate the common process.This is major move implemented by the ministry to bring together tech institutions in the country.
Unlike individual processes followed by both sets of institutions for many years, all courses offered by these institutions will be available on the same online platform from this year.
The admission process for joint seat allocation started from June 30. About 13 lakh students were expected to be part of the process for admissions to 34,000 seats in 85 institutes.