Only 73 seats are left vacant after the end of this year’s joint counselling of IITs, NITs, IITs and other institutes funded by the government. The bulk of them (38) are at IIT-BHU.
There are 1,518 vacancies lying in NITs (National Institutes of Technology).
A source from the HRD ministry said that most of the vacancies are a part of the state quota. However, the major cause of concern are the two prominent NITs – Jalandhar and Surat.
NIT-Surat has 115 seats, while NIT-Jalandhar has 110 vacant seats, almost 10 per cent of seats waiting to be filled.
Vacancies in many NITs in the northeast are lying vacant as students from other parts of the country are reluctant to join.
Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) found out that the 38 seats still vacant in IIT-BHU belong to branches that are no longer lucrative. Most of the first generation IITs – Bombay, Madras, Kharagpur, Delhi and Kanpur are not left with any vacancy.
Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad, which recently made it to the prestigious IIT family has done well with only 23 vacancies left out of total 912 seats.
In case of 20 IITs (Indian Institutes of Information Technology) run on public-private mode, 2,119 out of 2,526 total seats have been filled.
But, the most worrying state is of the 18 government-funded technical institutes, where only 2610 seats were filled out of the 3784 available.
According to sources, the government is mulling a round of spot counselling to fill the vacancies.