Over 1,500 engineering seats across 31 National Institutes of Technology (NITs) have fallen vacant this year, prompting these institutions to seek HRD Ministry’s nod to make outstation candidates eligible for state-quota seats. This, however, is a sharp decline compared to the 5,500 NIT seats that had no takers last year.
According to the final statics available with the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JOSAA), which conducts joint counselling for the IITs, NITs, IIITs and other government-funded technical institutions, eight per cent of the total NIT seats had no takers, of which the highest were in NIT Agartala. Surprisingly, even sought-after institutions such as NIT Surat and NIT Jalandhar had 115 and 110 seats vacant, respectively.
Sources said that the government hasn’t taken a final decision on the NIT proposal of opening up state-quota seats for outstation candidates. There may be another round of spot counselling before a decision is taken.
Half the seats at NITs are reserved for students of the state where the NIT is located. The other half is open to outstation aspirants. The latter is filled as per national reservation policy, which means 15 per cent is reserved for Scheduled Caste, 7.5 per cent for Scheduled Tribes (STs) and 27 for Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
On the contrary, the percentage of vacancy across all IITs is just 0.76 per cent or 73 out of total 9,660 seats. The recently converted IIT (BHU) Varanasi had the highest number of vacant seats at 38. IIT Kharagpur and IIT Jammu follow with seven and four empty seats, respectively.
The problem, however, is the most acute at the IIITs and other government-funded technical institutions where vacancy stands at 16 per cent and 31 per cent, respectively.
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