Shattering admission hopes of thousands of engineering aspirants who have demanded a spot round from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for filling up over 3000 vacant seats across NITs, IIITs and GFTIs, JoSAA has refused to conduct any spot round for the academic year 2016-17.
Thousands of JEE Main takers have written to JoSAA officials through Careers360's student-support campaign, to fill up the over 3000 vacant seats across the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and Government-funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs).
JoSAA officials said, "JoSAA 2016 has completed the seat allotment and various institutes have already started their academic sessions. JoSAA 2016 cannot organize any spot round or further rounds of seat allotment."
This means that there will not be any joint counselling round for admission to over 3000 vacant seats across the institutes of national importance. The JoSAA officials said that requests for spot round can’t be addressed by JoSAA now and the institutes where the seats lay vacant are free to deal independently with that.
“Such requests (for spot round) can be addressed by the Autonomous Institutes individually. Their decision making processes are not bounded by JoSAA 2016,” said JoSAA officials.
This means that the IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs have been given a free hand if they wish to conduct spot round to fill up the unoccupied seats across these institutes of national importance. After the JoSAA announcement, the possibilities for spot rounds still exist despite the commencement of the academic session 2016-17 at most of the JoSAA participating institutes now.
Earlier, Careers360 has argued why spot round is the only solution to fill up the seat vacancy at NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. However, on the contrary, the JoSAA officials’ decision not to conduct any spot round for admissions to the left over seats at NITs, IIITs and GFTIs will further delay the admission process, if the individual institutes announce a spot round.
Careers360 has already reported that as many as 3099 seats are remaining vacant across 31 National Institutes of Technology (NITs), 20 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and 18 Government-funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) after the 6th round of seat acceptance under JoSAA 2016.
NITs have a total vacancy of 1518 seats after the 6th and final round of seat acceptance. At IIITs and GFTIs, total of 407 and 1174 seats respectively, are lying vacant. Also, IITs have around 100 vacant seats, double as compared to last year, after the final round of seat acceptance. Experts have suggested that the large vacancies have been caused due to process flaws in JoSAA. Read why over 3000 seats are left vacant at NITs+System?
Last year also over 3000 seats had remained vacant across NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs after fourth round of counselling under JoSAA. Post such a huge vacancy, Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) had announced a special round of counselling from August 9 to 11, 2015 to fill up these unoccupied seats. Seat allotment for IITs was restricted to 3 rounds, while counselling and seat allotment for admissions to NITs, IIITs and GFTIs was conducted in 4 rounds with a special round conducted by CSAB for the vacant seats at NIT+System. The announced for a special round last year was made after MHRD intervened into the matter and asked CSAB Core Committee to find feasibility to fill up the unoccupied seats.
Against the 3 rounds for IIT admissions and 4 rounds for NIT+System with a special round for vacant seats, this year JoSAA has conducted the seat allotment at IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs in 6 rounds. However, increasing the number of counselling round has not worked for JoSAA to address the issue of thousands of seats going vacant at these institutes of national importance.
This year, JoSAA has conducted seat allocation process for a total of 34,895 seats at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. While the total number of seats for 23 IITs was 10,572, the 31 NITs had a total seat capacity of 18,013.
Stay tuned with engineering.careers360.com for more news and updates on JoSAA 2016.
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