Number of Seats in IITs may be increased by 1,000 in Coming Year; Majorly at New Campuses

Maniprabha Singh updated on : 29 Sep 2017
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The intake in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) may be increased in the coming year that implies at least 1,000 additional engineering aspirants will get an opportunity to study in the most prestigious technical institutes.

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The intake in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) may be increased in the coming year that implies at least 1,000 additional aspirants will get admission in the most prestigious technical institutes.

A senior official of human resource development ministry (HRD) said the number of seats will be added majorly in new IITs, such as IIT Mandi, IIT Ropar, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Jodhpur, IIT Bhubaneshwar, IIT Indore and IIT Gandhinagar. Alongside, IIT Delhi and other older institutes will also witness some increase in seats as well.

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Currently, 10,998 seats are available for admission in IITs and approximately 1,000 seats will be added to the number as the work of expanding the new campuses is in full swing.

He also added, “From next year, we will also earmark special seats for female candidates,”

This year, after seven counseling rounds, 121 seats were left unfilled which was actually an increase from the last year i.e. 96. Subsequently, the ministry has instructed IITs to implement different ways such as scrapping unpopular courses to resolve the issue.

IITs have increased their number of seats to 400 seats this year. A new proposal for increasing the seats will be sent soon to the Joint Admission Board (JAB) by the council of the new IITs. JAB will take the final decision on this matter.

During a JAB meeting, this year, a hike of 14% in seats allotted to women was suggested. Earlier, only 600 seats were allotted to female candidates and it is suggested to increase the number to 1,440. Currently, female candidates include only 8% of the total student number of candidates in 23 IITs across the country.

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