JoSAA 2016 Admissions: Over 1,500 seats remain vacant across NITs
Nancy Johri, 28 Jul 2016, #JEE Main
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Over 1,500 seats across 31 National Institutes of Technology have remained vacant after the seat acceptance deadline for sixth and final round of seat allotment process under the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA), according to media reports. Experts, however, suggest that much more seats may go waste in NITs as many candidates are also likely to dump their accepted seats for a better option elsewhere.

Though, the seat vacancy at NITs after the final round of seat acceptance has significantly slumped from over 3000 last year, this year’s vacancy, which is about 10 per cent of the total seats, still remains at alarming level. This year, NITs altogether had a total of 18,013 seats to offer for admissions.

The high level of seat vacancy across NITs despite increased round of seat allotment this year (from 4 rounds last year to 6 rounds this year) has also put the NITs in fix. Now, likewise last year, many NITs are mulling on a proposal for spot round of admissions.


In 2015 admission year, ‘NITs+System’ had to announce a special round of counselling after MHRD intervened into the seat vacancy crisis where more than 3,000 seats remained vacant across the prestigious institutes after 4 rounds of scheduled counselling under JoSAA, which is the joint counselling and seat allotment body for IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs admissions.


NITs mulling spot round

The NIT sources have suggested that most of the vacant seats this year fall in state-quota category. For this reason, many NITs are seeking permission from HRD Ministry for making outstation candidates eligible for state-quota seats (50% reservation for candidates belonging to the state).

According to reports, the maximum number of vacant seats is at NIT Agartala. Coveted institutions including NIT Surat and NIT Jalandhar have also vacancy of more than 100 seats each.

Vacancy increases by 100 per cent at IITs

Careers360 had earlier reported that seat vacancy at IITs had doubled this year. After the final round of seat acceptance of JoSAA 2016 counselling and seat allotment, as many as 100 undergraduate engineering seats remained vacant as compared to 50 vacant seats last year. Out of the total vacant seats across IITs, the major share has been of IIT BHU, where 38 seats have remained vacant. This means that out of the total 100 vacancies, 38 per cent has been at IIT BHU, followed by ISM Dhanbad where 23 seats have remained vacant.

IIITs, GFTIs are worst hit

Media reports also suggest that Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) and Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) are the worst hit with the seat vacancy this year. While the total number of seats at IIITs and GFTIs was 2,526 and 3,784 respectively, the share of vacant seats came out to be as high as 16 per cent and 31 per cent respectively, according to the media report.

Announcement of spot round may be the solution

The primary objective of JoSAA formation was to reduce the number of vacant seats in the system. For an opportunity-starved nation like ours, even a single seat matters. Ideally to salvage the situation, JoSAA must announce the spot round for vacant seats across the participating institutes.

In 2015 too, Careers360 reported possibilities of many seats at NITs, IIFTs and GFTIs going vacant  despite the joint seat allocation process. Careers360 also wrote an open letter to JoSAA demanding a spot round on behalf of thousands of engineering aspirants. After the concerns raised by different stakeholders, CSAB had announced a special round for NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs admissions with the purpose to fill the vacant seats.

This year however, the counselling body has conducted the seat allotment for admissions to IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs in 6 rounds, which was a common counselling for B.Tech admissions at IITs and NIT+System, unlike last year. Last year, IITs had closed their admission after just 3 rounds but NIT had chosen for another round of seat allotment under JoSAA.

This year, JoSAA has conducted 6 rounds of counselling for admissions to 34,895 seats across 22 IITs, ISM Dhanbad, 31 NITs, 20 IIITs and 18 GFTIs. The seat allotment process, which began on June 24, ended on July 20 with the seat acceptance deadline for sixth and the last round.

Also Read:

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