No spot round to fill vacant seats at NITs+System; MHRD hints reforms in JoSAA 2017
Bachan Thakur, 12 Oct 2016, #JEE Main
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The possibility of a spot round to fill up the over 3000 vacant seat across NITs, IIITs and GFTIs has ended after Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) recently announced that no spot round can be conducted now for the academic year 2016-17. MHRD Minister Prakash Javdekar made this announcement through MHRD’s Twitter account.


The three part tweet of the MHRD reads, “Considered spot round for filling vacancies in NITs sympathetically. Since Supreme Court ordered no admission after Aug 15, this year no spot round was possible in NITs.”

MHRD Tweet:



This move by the ministry comes days after thousands of parents and students affected by the huge number of vacant seats across NITs+System wrote to MHRD, the President of India and the Supreme Court through Careers360’s “Student Support Campaign”, demanding immediate announcement for a spot round to fill up the vacant seats.


Further, many parliamentarians had personally met and discussed this concern with the President of India Mr Pranab Mukherjee and Minister of Human Resource Development Mr Prakash Javadekar and urged them to conduct a spot round to fill the vacancies.


After the spot round demand got a widespread support from many parliamentarians, it was expected that a spot round may be conducted. Careers360 had earlier reported in this regard.


However, the recent announcement by Prakash Javdekar has cleared the air that no spot round will be conducted now for the vacant seats across NITs+System.


While the MHRD minister’s statement has brought possibility for a spot round to an end, however, he categorically said that JoSAA counselling 2017 will address this concern of vacant seats.


JoSAA counselling process reform in pipeline

The HRD ministry’s tweet further stated, “From next year onwards counselling shall be conducted continuously till August 10 or till vacancies are filled up.”




This indicates possibility of fundamental changes in JoSAA 2017 so that participating institutes don’t suffer vacancies.


Earlier, Careers360 had reported on how JoSAA had pulled out its hands from conducting a spot round and likewise CSAB refused for any spot round to fill the over 3000 vacant seats.


Careers360 had also argued why spot round was the only solution to fill up the huge vacancies across these institutions and the loopholes in the counselling and seat allotment process which led to such a large vacancy. 


3099 seats vacant across NITs, IIITs and GFTIs


After the 6th or final round of counselling and seat allotment, as many as 3,099 seats had remained vacant at NITs, IIITs, GFTIs, while 100 seats were left unoccupied at IITs. Out of the total 3,195 vacant seats across IITs and NITs+System, as many as 1,518 seats remained vacant across 31 NITs only.

This is the second year of JoSAA to conduct joint counselling and seat allotment for admissions to IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs, however, the counselling body has not succeeded in minimizing the number of seats going vacant at the institutes of national importance, the very purpose for which JoSAA was brought in to conduct joint counselling process for seat allotment at IITs and NITs+System in 2015.


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. At IIITs and GFTIs, a 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. 


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