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The Economic Times |  Anubhuti Vishnoi, ET Bureau | Sep 08, 2016  |

NEW DELHI: The Centre may seek the Supreme Court’s permission for another round of counselling/seat allocation to fill up over 3,000 engineering seats vacant in NITs, IIITs and IITs this academic session.  The human resource development ministry is holding discussions with the additional solicitor-general to assess the feasibility of going to the apex court on the issue.  Several MPs and parents of candidates have written to the ministry pointing to vacancies, especially in National Institutes of Technology and have petitioned to allow another spot round of counselling to enable meritorious students to get a berth in these institutes.  Congress MP Sushmita Dev has even written to the President on the issue, threatening to go to court if student interest is not protected. As per the 2014 orders of the Supreme Court, the admission process has to be closed by August 15, every year, to ensure that the academic session begins on time.

The government will, therefore, have to move the Supreme Court to conduct another round of counselling — a move that would also bring in its own set of complications. IITs have started their academic session on July 24 and NITs on August 1.  In a related development, a committee is being set up by the HRD ministry to reform the counselling system to ensure no vacant seats are left over every year. Directors of IIT Guwahati, NIT Patna and IIT Bombay will be on the committee which will meet later this month, sources told ET.  According to the statistics put out by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JOSAA) — an authority set up by the HRD ministry to manage and regulate joint seat allocation for 92 institutes including the 22 IITs, 31 NITs and 18 other government funded technical institutions — 3,195 seats are vacant across institutes after six rounds of counselling.  While 1,518 seats are vacant at NITs, 407 of these are vacant at IIITs, 73 at the IITs, 1,174 at other government-funded technical institutions and 23 at Indian School of Mines. Among the NITs, the maximum vacancies are at NIT Surat (115), NIT Srinagar (108), NIT Rourkela (101), NIT Nagaland (107), NIT Agartala (126) and NIT Jalandhar (110) –  Courtesy


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