Even in India’s most prestigious technology institution, a couple of hundred of seats remain vacant every year. In the IIT 2011-12 academic session around 750 seats in IITs remained vacant due to students dropping out after gaining admission, besides low demand for unpopular courses.
On Friday, IITs have allowed students to surrender their admission within a stipulated timeframe, ensuring that most seats get filled this time.
Earlier as there was no option of getting a refund of the Rs.40,000 registration fee, students do not have enough incentive to inform the institute before joining some other establishment. This resulted in a situation for IITs where it is too late to take any action to fill the vacated seats.
Until now, the shortlisted students used to be called for counselling. Prior to appearing in the counseling they deposited the registration fee. Once the counselling process completed, the seats would be considered ‘filled’. There was no option of a refund.
But from this counseling session, an “exit policy” for students has been introduced– allowing them to surrender their seats at the time of the third round of counseling for course allotment, and get the 100 percent fee refund.
A total number of 4,79,651 candidates appeared for both papers of the exam, which was conducted on April 8. Of the total, 24,112 have secured ranks in various categories and 17,462 shortlisted for counselling for admission to 9,647 seats in the 15 IITs, IT-BHU, Varanasi, and Indian School of Mines-Dhanbad.
Anyone who got a rank between 9,723 to 18,000 will not be called in for counselling. However, institutes like the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, will admit candidates based on IIT-JEE results.