From next academic year, IITs are most likely to increase their intake capacity from next year and under the increased capacity they are expected to provide 1000 additional seats for the engineering aspirants.
A senior official at the HRD said that most of these seats will be added to the new IITs, such as the ones at Mandi, Hyderabad, Ropar, Jodhpur, Bhubaneshwar, Indore and Gandhinagar. Older IITs such as Delhi, Bombay and Kharagpur may witness the increase in the seats but not significantly.
This year, even after the seven rounds of counseling 121 seats were left vacant across 23 IITs. Seeing the situation, HRD has asked the IITs to address the situation in all possible ways including the scrapping of unpopular courses.
A number of IITs increased their seats by 400 seats this year and a new proposal for further increasing the seats will soon be sent by the senate of the new IITs to the Joint Admission Board (JAB), which will take the final decision on the matter.