New Delhi, Aug. 26: The HRD ministry has added 95 BTech seats to the existing pool of the National Institutes of Technology (NIT) this year to accommodate some deserving students denied berths because of a goof-up blamed on software.
Minister M.M. Pallam Raju has exercised special powers to create the additional seats. The special provision is only for this academic year (2013-14).
The admission to about 20,000 seats at the NITs and other centrally funded technical institutions (CFTIs) was conducted through a new procedure of 60 per cent weightage to JEE-Main and 40 per cent to normalised board scores.
The CBSE conducted the JEE-Main and announced a merit list of 4.5 lakh candidates. The NITs’ central seat allocation board (CSAB) conducted counselling on the basis of the list and allocated seats last month.
The goof-up happened during the third phase counselling and spot admissions, held simultaneously.
NIT Rourkela director Sunil Kumar Sarangi, the chairman of the CSAB, said the 95 meritorious students were rejected and candidates below them got admission.
Sarangi said the 95 had been allotted seats in the counselling. They had the option to fill in choices for spot admission. The students ignored the seats offered in the counselling and preferred spot admissions as they were offered better streams.
The admission software, however, was designed in a way that if students rejected seats during counselling, they would not be eligible for admissions.
“The students did not make any mistake. The glitch was with the software which should have alerted the students before making them ineligible,” Sarangi said.
Of the 95 students offered the extra seats, Sarangi said around 40 had taken admission at NITs while the rest declined saying they have already enrolled elsewhere.