All seats at IIT-Delhi filled up ahead of time

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: IIT Delhi has filled up all its seats by ad­mit­ting 912 stu­dents at the end of its fourth coun­selling ses­sion on Fri­day.

The coun­selling ses­sion be­gan on July 11 af­ter two days of no ad­mis­sions when the process was stopped tem­po­rar­ily be­cause of a Madras high court di­rec­tive. A sin­gle-judge bench of Madras high court had or­dered the in­sti­tute to sus­pend its seat al­lo­ca­tion process. IIT then filed an ap­peal chal­leng­ing the or­der, which came in their favour.

The in­sti­tute de­cided to keep the num­ber of coun­selling rounds for a stu­dent ex­actly the same as ear­lier, so they de­cided to work in a 12-hour shift from 8am to 8pm to cater to each po­ten­tial can­di­date.

The in­sti­tute has 851 reg­u­lar seats and 59 su­per­nu­mer­ary ones, tak­ing the to­tal to 910. This year, ad­mis­sions have ex­ceeded by two seats. “We have three more rounds of coun­selling ses­sions left,” said Aditya Mit­tal, pro­fes­sor and chair­man of Joint En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tion-Ad­vanced at IIT Delhi.

Nu­mer­ous par­ents and can­di­dates had re­quested for the same tim­ings as they had fi­nalised their travel book­ings ac­cord­ing to the start of ses­sions at dif­fer­ent IITs. “We also took cog­ni­sance of our aca­demic ses­sion that will start as sched­uled ear­lier,” Mit­tal said.

Mit­tal said that the par­ents and can­di­dates are reach­ing the cam­pus well be­fore 8am and “co­op­er­at­ing with the in­sti­tute” for the ses- more rounds of ad­mis­sion coun­selling left sions. This has made the process smooth.

While 912 stu­dents have got ad­mis­sion, there are 525 who have opted for “freeze” or “slide” of their seats.

A seat is frozen when can­di­dates fix their al­lo­cated aca­demic pro­gramme at an IIT, while slide is when a can­di­date is open to ac­cept any aca­demic pro­gramme at the par­tic­u­lar IIT of his/her choice.

The three re­main­ing coun­selling ses­sions will be held till July 18 and can­di­dates have till 5pm on July 17 to with­draw their ap­pli­ca­tions.

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