The board of governors of the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology on Tuesday approved a proposal to reduce 10 per cent of its seats because of "inadequate infrastructure" on campus.
The Shibpur institute had last week sent the proposal to the board, its highest decision-making body.
"The board has approved our proposal to reduce the number of seats by 10 per cent because of infrastructure constraints. It was also decided that the scrapped seats would be restored once the required infrastructure is set up," IIEST director Ajoy Kumar Ray, who attended the board meeting, said over the phone from Delhi.
This year the institute has 735 seats in the first-year classes. If the human resource development ministry accepts the proposal, the seat count will come down to 662 next year.
"We hope the ministry will soon issue a formal approval," Ray said. Sources in the board said the ministry's nod was only a matter of time.
Representatives of the ministry, which funds the tech school, attended the meeting of the board of governors.
"The director explained to the board members that the institute's infrastructure - such as the hostel capacity, number of classrooms, faculty strength and laboratory space - was hardly enough for 735 students," a board source said.
"It's unlikely that the shortcomings would be addressed before next year's admission season."
An institute official said the infrastructure deficiency had taken "an alarming turn" because the institute now had to deal with two sets of students - those who were admitted to the five-year dual degree programme this year and the group that had taken admission to the four-year BE course till 2014.
Ray said the representatives of the human resource development ministry who had attended the board had assured him to help the institute overcome its infrastructure shortcomings.
Ranjan Bhattacharya, the vice-chancellor of the West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT), died of cancer at a private hospital in the city on Monday. He was 52. Bhattacharya, who was a professor of production engineering at Jadavpur University, had assumed the charge of WBUT August 17, 2013.