IIT seats increase to 11,032 from 2017-18

Feb 2017 Source: MOTACHASHMA

IIT seats increase to 11,032 from 2017-18 as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are all set to increase 460 seats in their total intake from the academic year 2017-18. Now more engineering aspirants have a chance to complete their dream to study in India’s premier Engineering Institutes. The IITs in Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Ropar, Patna, Mandi, Indore and Jammu have recently sent a proposal to senates and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) board for seat increase in their total intake. However, the final decision will be made after the clearance the proposal by the Senates and JEE board jointly.

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The official said that the proposal shows that these IITs have been able to improve the infrastructure of their Institute and now completely able to accommodate more students. The HRD ministry official said, "The ministry has said that new disciplines may only be introduced after carrying out market opportunity analysis based on employability, the requirement of higher education and research". The Senate of each Indian Institutes of Technology is going to take decision regard the issue until 31 March 2017.

The final increase in the seats for the 2017-18 academic year will be announced by the JEE Board once the Senates clear these proposals, which, say, officials, is the most likely outcome. Previously the HRD Ministry has directed the IITs to participate in joint counselling to revise their seat strength after a proper review of employment opportunities, of vacant seats, national requirement, available infrastructure and faculty strength. Additionally, the IITs may reduce the number of seats on the basis of lab infrastructure, classrooms, availability of hostel facility and faculty strength.

However, some other IITs in Goa, Dharwad and Tirupati, still operate an out of rented campus and are not able to increase their student strength. Besides, all older IITs have not sought for a hike in a total number of seats. There is only possible hurdle can be is that some of the IITs are going to scrap their unpopular courses and the HRD ministry has already given clearance to do so.

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