More than 500 candidates refused to get into IITs
Mumbai: To get into Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) is considered as “one of the hardest nuts to crack”, but this year more than 500 students have refused to get into IITs after qualifying for the Joint Entrance Test, conducted by IITs. All students have their own reason to refuse to study in IITs. Some of them have no confidence in the new IITs, while some of them did not get their own choice of streams. An IIT official said, “This experience might force HRD minister Kapil Sibal to do a rethink on his expansion plans for the IITs.” In addition to existing seven IITs, eight IITs that are more new have been added during the eleventh five-year plan in the country. After not getting sufficient number of qualified student for the reserve categories, IITs have transferred 1100 reserved-category seats to the one-year preparatory course. The one-year ‘prep course’ trains quota students to bring them up to the mark. But this year more than 500 candidates who have refused admission to IITs are from open category.