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Aug 02, 2017 11:36 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com |

Last year, vacant seats stood at 121 and the number was 50 and 3 in 2015 and 2014 respectively.

Vacancies across Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) has reached a 4-year high. Nearly 121 seats out of the total 10,962 seats are yet to be filled despite seven rounds of admission, according to a report in the Times of India. Last year, vacant seats stood at 121 and the number was 50 and 3 in 2015 and 2014 respectively. IIT-BHU, Varanasi had highest number of vacant seats at 32, followed by IIT-Dhanbad (23 seats), IIT-Jammu (13) and IIT-Khargpur with 9 vacant seats. IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Jodhpur and IIT-Hyderabad are the only ones with no vacant seat. Considering the rising number of vacant seats over the years, the Human resource Development (HRD) ministry has asked IITs to look at probable solutions including scrapping of unpopular courses.

Keeping this in mind, the IIT Joint Admission Board is expected to meet soon to decide on scrapping some courses, reports TOI. The vacant seats are majorly due to some unpopular courses. IIT-Varanasi, with highest number of vacant seats, saw courses like pharmaceutical engineering and technology and ceramic engineering lacking interest. A report in the Hindustan Times, quoting senior IIT official, said that students prefer to opt for popular course like computer science in an National Institute of Technology (NIT), than settling for a common course in IIT. While IITs is done with its admission process including counselling, NITs are still holding special admission sessions till Sunday to fill up vacant seats. Another reason for vacant seats is the 50 percent state quota, another official source told HT.- Courtesy

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