The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have asked public sector undertakings (PSUs) to complete recruitment of engineering graduates before the admission process for MTech courses is completed, a move aimed at stopping students leaving their studies midway. Admission to the MTech courses is generally completed by July 15. Admissions to the MTech programme take place through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), the score for which is also used by PSUs for recruitment. According to the sources, earlier this month the request was made at a meeting of IIT directors and human resource development (HRD) ministry officials with representatives of the PSUs in Mumbai earlier this month. If the request is heeded, it will help more engineering graduates get admission in the MTech programmes at the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs). About 25% MTech seats in the IITs usually fall vacant as students leave the programme midway, mainly to join PSUs, IIT officials said. Admission to the MTech courses is generally completed by July 15. According to the HT reports, the PSUs have assured to take up the matter with the government. The state-run undertakings recruit 1,500 students every year from the IITs, usually by October.

 “This is a good step and it will help in addressing the issue of vacancies arising after students quit the course after getting jobs. A number of seats go vacant and we are unable to offer it to other students. If PSUs are able to restrict their recruitment process by mid-July it will be good,” said V Ramgopal Rao, director, IIT Delhi. In the last academic session, out of 8,000-odd students who enrolled for MTech at the IITs, 2,000 left after getting jobs. 1,500 of them got jobs in PSUs such as ONGC, GAIL and SAIL, among others. The remaining 500 opted for private sector companies that usually complete their campus placement in the fourth year of BTech. The country’s 23 IITs have an estimated 72,000 students. Around 14,000 MTech students are enrolled in the institutes annually. The issue of desertion was also discussed in a meeting of the IIT council chaired by HRD minister Prakash Javadekar in August. At the Mumbai meeting, held at IIT Bombay, it was also discussed that a common admission portal (CAP) could be introduced. The CAP will have several elements including a ‘common time window’ so that students selected for MTech and PSUs could pick their options on the same platform and it would get communicated to both the parties. This will help students to choose between jobs at the PSUs and pursuing further study, leaving the vacant seats to others in the queue. –  Courtesy