17 Jul

The IITs are divided over how to compensate for an error that robbed 52 students of seats at the Institutes and possibly in other engineering colleges, earning a rap from an upset human resource development ministry.   The divide came up during a meeting of the Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) of the IIT Joint Entrance Examination on Wednesday. IIT Madras Director MS Ananth objected to the creation of extra seats, sources present at the meeting told.   The IITs are expected to announce their plans to redress grievances of these students on Friday, along with the declaration of results of their second round of admissions counseling. The HRD ministry has also asked the IITs for a report on the case.   “I am very concerned about the error. But I simply cannot comment on what we will do for these 52 students at the moment,” Professor D Srinivasan, co-chairman of the JIC said, speaking over the phone from Chennai.

But sources have told that the IITs and the HRD ministry effectively have two options before them.

The IITs could create extra seats to admit these students — unless some of them earn seats in the second round of counseling on their own merit.

The HRD ministry could alternatively ask the Central Counselling Board of the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) to create extra seats at non-IIT institutions like the National Institutes of Technology.

The 52 students were sent invitation letters to join architecture and pharmaceutical sciences courses on June 28. But the IITs on July 8 declared on their website that these students would not be admitted and that they were earlier invited by “mistake”.

The students have however complained that the IIT error not only robbed them of seats they were promised at the Institutes, but also fooled them into not taking seats in other engineering colleges, thus jeopardising their academic year.

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