Senior IIT faculty propose curbs on withdrawal to prevent seat vacancies
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.