Mumbai: In probably the first of its kind incident, more than 769 seats are lying vacant in the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) after first round of admissions. It seems that the IITs are losing their sheen as so many students have decided not to take admissions.

This is the first time when seats of general categories, apart from reserved categories, are still up for grabs. Previously, only seats meant for reserved categories used to go vacant.

One of the important reasons behind these seats, lying vacant, is that the IIT aspirants are getting allotments in the not-so-popular streams. The other reason is new IIT institutes, which have so far not been able to gain confidence of these students.

HC Gupta, Chairman of JEE (Advanced), said that hundreds of seats are available for students in the second round of admissions, which will start on Wednesday. He hopes that the seats will get filled in this round.

Before the second round of admissions, students were offered internal betterment.  Under this, if a student with a ranking of 1,100 did not take the seat allotted, another with a lower ranking got that place provided the student opted for that subject in the preference form.

Though the seats in all the prominent IIT colleges are full, there are still large numbers of seats available in IIT Dhanbad and Bhubaneswar. In 2009, there were 505 seats were left vacant after completion of first round of admissions and in 2011 it were 300. But second round of admissions in IITs was not in trend for the past few years.

(JPN/Bureau)

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