This year large number of seats are lying vacant in IITs and in a bid to prevent the shame the premier institutes are lowering their cut offs in order to accommodate more students.
Over the years, there has been an incessant fall in the number of student getting into IITs due to its arduous entrance exam papers besides negative marking, thus leaving several seats lying vacant across the institute which is a waste of institutional resources.
"The teaching-learning process at IITs is intense, and many students who come with low ranks in JEE turn out to be gems when they pass the BTech program," said one IIT director.
Highlights of the new changes:
- The unexpected changes following the last IIT Council meeting serve as a respite for millions of engineer aspirants who wish to land in one of the IITs. In the last IIT Council meet, the council had decided to enroll more students by increasing it to 100, 000 students from the existing 70,000
- 36,566 candidates, of the 147,678, qualified in the JEE-Advanced this year
- Aspirants who sit for the JEE-Advance this year might land in one of the IITs if the students scored even a meager 75 marks of the 372 and 38 for the physically challenged candidates.
However, the lowering of cut-off has raised alarm fearing it could downgrade the academic quality of the premier institutes. 11 B.Tech students of IIT-Roorkee were expelled due to poor academic performances and 72 students for poor academic record in 2015. The students were however readmitted.