IITs had 757 seats vacant in ‘11-’12,HC told

An affidavit filed by the IITs in the Delhi High Court has disclosed that as many as 757 of the total 9,618 seats remained vacant in 2011-12 across its 15 branches

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published:June 17, 2012 1:04 am

An affidavit filed by the IITs in the Delhi High Court has disclosed that as many as 757 of the total 9,618 seats remained vacant in 2011-12 across its 15 branches.

Asked by Justice Hima Kohli to explain their policy for filling up the vacant seats,the affidavit by IIT-JEE chairman G B Reddy said it was not possible to show a single document since the JEE system is a “continuously evolving process”.

Filed last month in response to an IIT aspirant’s petition,through counsel Prag Chawla,the affidavit said it was not possible to have more than two rounds of counselling because of strict adherence to time-bound academic schedule. However,after a ruling by the Andhra Pradesh HC in 2011-12,it was decided to have a third round of counselling for JEE-2012 to reduce the number of vacant seats.

The affidavit said 599 of the 757 seats had remained vacant due to blocking of seats by candidates who pay the fee for a particular course but either do not turn up for registration or leave it midway if they get a desired course in other competitive exams.

To tackle this problem,IITs have drafted a new exit policy. “Admitted candidates who inform of their intention to not join the institute before the third round of counselling would be given a refund of their admission fees and not be barred from appearing in the subsequent JEE. This has been devised to ensure reduction of last-minute dropouts,” stated the affidavit.

It also pointed to 80 vacant seats in disabled category in 2011-12. These seats could not be reverted to their parent category since there was “no clarity” on it,but a decision has now been taken to revert the seats to their original category.

The IIT-JEE said there was no cause for interference by the High Court since steps were being taken to tackle the difficulties in the JEE system.

Justice Kohli,however,noted that the affidavit had thrown up some more questions,relating to the steps being taken by the IITs to fill up vacant seats on an annual basis and ensure that minimum seats remain vacant. The court has given the IIT-JEE chairman six weeks to place another affidavit showing the vacancy position of seats for the past five years. “The financial effect of keeping seats vacant in this duration shall also be placed on record,” added the court,posting the matter for next hearing in August.

Submitted before the controversy over the Union HRD Ministry’s decision to have one common entrance test for all IITs and other Centrally-funded institutes gathered momentum,the affidavit had noted that “conducting JEE for entrance to courses at IITs across India is under the consideration…and as per indications received,the character,organisation and the management of the JEE system is being restructured”.

Technical glitches delay IIT admissions

The scrapping of the 4.5 per cent minority quota in the IITs has delayed the admission process with technical glitches hitting the JEE seat allocation software. As a result,the first round of seat allocation for JEE 2012,scheduled for June 14,stands postponed.

Designed to factor in seat allocations keeping in mind the 4.5 per cent minority sub-quota and 22 per cent OBC quota,the IIT software has run into technical glitches,now that the category has been removed. “While the seat allocation should have been announced at least two days back,it is held up because of a technical problem. Once the problem is rectified,the announcement will be made,” said a senior official.

While nearly 5.6 lakh students appeared for the JEE-2012,24,112 had been shortlisted. Of the total 9,647 seats across 15 IITs,ISM-Dhanbad and IT-BHU,443 were earmarked for minorities and 325 people had been shortlisted — the bulk of them Muslims. With the sub-quota now scrapped,the 325 seats have now been reverted back to the OBC quota seats.

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