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HRD Ministry: IITs, NITs may chunk down number of seats in unpopular courses

Jan 2017 Source: MOTACHASHMA

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As per HRD Ministry IITs, NITs may chunk down the number of seats in unpopular courses or may even discontinue such courses. HRD Ministry will either close such courses or reduced the total number of seats in unpopular courses at IITs, NITs. This step is under consideration as the huge number of seats left vacant in the premier institutes in the recent previous months. It is speculated that the reports and recommendation of the committee will be placed before the IIT Council and NIT Council for their approval.

HRD Ministry has set up a committee of three-member led by IIT-Kharagpur Director, Partha Pratim Chakraborty to look into the matter and report to the ministry.

HRD Ministry reached this decision because the huge number of seats lying vacant in the premier institutes. Even after six rounds of joint counselling over 3000 seats were vacant last year, amongst which, only 73 seats in IIT and 1518 seats in NIT were occupied.

Efforts to address the seat vacancy issues in the premier engineering institutes have been, of late, becoming a predominant agenda in the realm of technical education in India.

HRD Ministry: Panel Recommendations

  • One of the panel recommendations besides bringing down unpopular courses is to impose penalty on applicants who are withdrawing late from the course or showing delay in joining the course
  • A penalty of 50 percent of application fees will be slapped against those students', not in compliance with the direction
  • Apart from all these, the committee is also in favour of the NITs resolving to convert state quotas to general seats in case there are vacancies even after the rounds of counselling
  • As of now, 50 percent of seats in the NITs are reserved for domiciled students.

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