The joint seat allocation process is being conducted for JEE candidates for admission into the IITs, NITs, ISM Dhanbad, IIITs and GFTIs.
A total of 591 seats across the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) remained vacant after the first round of joint seat allocation for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) candidates.
The joint admissions process is being conducted by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority 2015 (JoSAA 2015) for admission into the IITs, the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), the Indian School of Mines Dhanbad (ISM Dhanbad), the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs).
Out of the 10,006 seats available at the IITs, 591 seats have not been accepted by candidates who have qualified JEE (Advanced) 2015. The first round of join seat allocation ended on Sunday, 12th July, 2015.
Now, these seats will be on offered to engineering aspirants in the second round of the first-ever IIT-NIT-GFTI joint-seat allocation process.
JoSAA 2015 published the second round seat allocation on Monday, July 13, 2015. Seat acceptance for the second round will take place from Tuesday, July 14 to Friday, July 17, 2015.
In all, 34,000 seats in 85 engineering institutes are up for grabs for this year. Overall 7,335 remained vacant after round one.
In 2014, 650 out of 9711 IIT seats were left vacant after the first round of seat allocation.
Even top IITs like IIT Bombay and Delhi have 24 and 17 seats vacant respectively after round one, while IIT Kharagpur, which has the largest number of seats on offer at 1,343, has filled 1,252 of its seats.
Officials at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, which is conducting the allocation, says the true picture of vacancies will be clear only after all the three rounds of allocation are over.
This is the first time a joint allocation process is taking place for admission to these institutes where all courses offered by the institutions are available on the same online platform.
The decision to conduct this joint allocation was to address the problems pertaining to a large number of vacant seats across NITs and some IITs as students blocked seats for both institutions separately and finally chose one of the two on the last day leaving one of the seats vacant.
In this new process, students cannot block two seats and have to choose only one. If the student does not get his desired institute of course in round one, he can participate in the second round and then accept a seat of choice without blocking any of them.