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962 seats filled up at ISM

- Train delays reschedule admission plan, but all ends well

Dhanbad, July 20: ISM-Dhanbad completed its two-day admission process for 15 BTech and six five-year dual degree courses today, selecting 962 students from across the country who had cracked the IIT-JEE .

At Lecture Hall Complex, nine counters — five for admission-related works, two for opening bank accounts, one for blazer stitching and one for loan disbursement — were opened to facilitate the process.

ISM will start classes from July 22.

Today, 459 students took admission to six BTech courses. They are chemical, civil, mining machinery and electronics & instrumentation, mineral engineering streams as well as engineering physics, and dual-degree courses of mineral engineering, applied geology and applied geophysics.

Between yesterday and today, 503 and 459 students took admission in various streams.

It was a departure from the previous plan, where admissions to 610 seats were to be conducted yesterday and 352 today. However, due to the ongoing repair work of the 120-year-old rickety Barakar Bridge, several train timings went haywire, scuttling the admission schedule. Many outstation students who could not arrive on time to take admission on Saturday were accommodated on the second day.

Chairman of IIT-JEE committee at ISM, G. Uday Bhanu, who also looks after the admission process, confirmed many students could not make it on the first day.

“More than 100 students could not arrive on time due to delayed trains and were given the scope to take admission on Sunday. We received many phone calls from students from trains telling us about the inordinate delay due to diverted trains, thanks to the ongoing work on Barakar Bridge.”

Admission over, the newbies from across India displayed their loyalty to ISM by supporting its ongoing and intensive campaign for the coveted IIT tag.

Prakhar Agarwal of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, who took admission to BTech applied geology, said: “I am very excited to see the campus and infrastructure. I am also aware of the ongoing campaign for IIT status and I will support it. ISM is no way inferior to any existing IIT.”

Echoing him, fresher Sukanta Majumdar from Kalyani, Bengal, near Calcutta, said: “I am overwhelmed by the campus, especially the main building that was built in 1926. All these make me feel that ISM should be given IIT status soon.”