More 5% Seats on IITs from 2017 (Download PDF)


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IITs have increased the seats by 5% seats in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) from the academic session 2017. Decision was taken at the Joint Admission Board (JAB) - the highest decision-making body of IIT-JEE (adanced) chaired by Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Currently IITs have total 10,572 seats, which will be increased to 11,100 from 2017.

The increased seats will be absorbed by all 23 IITs, however, some older institutes negotiated that they would not able to increase seats immediately.

The meeting also proposed to increase the total strength of students in all 23 IITs to 1 lakh by 2020. Of course, this will make teachers to student ratio worst. As it is many IITs are facing shortage of faculty members.  IIT Guwahati for instance, has a poor teacher to student ratio of only 1:17 whereas IIT Gandhinagar is even worse. Unfortunately, many IITs do not publically reveal their shortage of faculty.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the best example of Institute in the world with 1:8 faculty-student ratio.

IITs consider 5 PHD students as 1 faculty in calculation of their ratio because the faculty of IITs is very experienced and often PHD students are untrained.

Currently 7 out of 100 appearing students get admission in IITs. To improve their chances Government decided to take this step.

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- Published/Last Modified on: October 25, 2016

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