Se­nior IIT fac­ulty pro­pose curbs on with­drawal to pre­vent seat va­can­cies

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - He­mali.Ch­hapia @times­ 2017

Mum­bai: Will there be no seat va­cant from the next year at the IITs/ NITs? Will ad­mis­sion rules get more strin­gent to pre­vent seat wastage?

The ad­mis­sion process to the premier tech­nol­ogy schools of In­dia comes with a sorry foot­note. Each year, thou­sands of seats re­main un­filled, and now to re­duce seat wastage a group of se­nior fac­ulty, in­clud­ing the di­rec­tor of IIT Kharag­pur and an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor from Columbia Busi­ness School have sug­gested changes to the ad­mis­sion process. The group is the same one that de­signed the Joint Seat Se­lec­tion Au­thor­ity (JoSSA) scheme.

The panel com­pris­ing Partha Pra­tim Chakrabart­i, IIT Kharag­pur di­rec­tor; Suren­der Baswana and Utkarsh Patange from IIT Kan­pur; Sharat Chan­dran from IIT Bom­bay; Yash Kano­ria from Columbia Busi­ness School stud­ied the ad­mis­sion process and have rec­om­mended that the in­sti­tutes dis­al­low seat with­drawal two rounds be­fore the last one to fa­cil­i­tate bet­ter uti­liza­tion of se-

Va­can­cies across IITs/ NITs / IIITs/ Other GFTIs

IITs ats that get freed up, and try to en­sure that only se­ri­ous can­di­dates par­tic­i­pate in the last two rounds. More­over, they say a can­di­date who is al­lot­ted a seat (whether in an IIT or a non-IIT) and then ac­cepts it should not be per­mit­ted to ap­ply for ad­mis­sion to any CFTI (cen­trally funded tech­ni­cal in­sti­tutes) in the fu­ture.

“If they did not want the pro­gram they should not have listed it a few days ear­lier, and even if they made that mis­take, they should not have ac­cepted the seat,” the au­thors noted in their pa­per to JoSSA, ‘Cen­tralised ad­mis­sions for en­gi­neer­ing col­leges in In­dia’. They have also sug­gested that the in­sti­tutes con­ser­va­tively ad­mit some ad­di­tional can­di­dates in ex­cess of pro­gram ca­pac­ity in an­tic­i­pa­tion of re­jec­tions of some fresh can­di­dates.

“Steps must be taken to en­sure that only se­ri­ous can­di­dates par­tic­i­pate in the last rounds of ad­mis­sion af­ter the with­draw op­tion is closed. For ex­am­ple, if a can­di­date wants to par­tic­i­pate in such a round, she should be re­quired to ex­plic­itly state that. Cur­rently, all un­al­lot­ted can­di­dates are a part of fu­ture rounds by de­fault. Mak­ing the can­di­date re­port phys­i­cally, or pay the fee up­front could be pow­er­ful tools to fil­ter those who are not se­ri­ous,” the au­thors rec­om­mended.

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