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Last updated: 14 Feb 2022
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The latest government data reveals shocking news that nearly 18,700 seats across different courses have remained vacant in different Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) in India during the last two years.
The Union Minister for Higher Education Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan gave this information in a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha. The minister stated that according to the latest data available about 5,484 seats remained vacant in IITs in 2020-21, of them, nearly 476 seats were vacant in undergraduate courses, nearly 3,229 seats in postgraduate courses, and nearly 1,779 in PhD courses that are offered in the IITs of the country. In NITs, the data is not so good as it also showed that nearly 3,741 seats across various courses were vacant in 2020-21 and the number further increased to nearly 5,012 seats in the academic year 2021-22.
Further the minister stated that in the academic year 2021-22, the number of vacant seats in IITs was 5,296 and was slightly lower than the previous year. About 361 seats remained vacant in undergraduate courses, nearly about 3,083 in postgraduate courses and about 1,852 in PhD courses offered in IITs respectively. While the data of the NITs is not different, the maximum seats remained vacant in postgraduate courses about 2,487 of them in the academic year 2020-21 and it increased to nearly 3,413 in academic year 2021-22.
The minister stated that the Covid 19 pandemic has hit hard on education as many students were not able to cope up with the classes and preparations for JEE Exams due to lack of proper infrastructure and time constraints faced by the students.
The minister further stated that the government is taking steps to fill this gap and trying to increase the admissions to the IITs and NITs from this academic year 2022-23. The Ministry of Education (MoE) in association with IIT-Delhi has launched a free website for all the JEE aspirants on February 10th 2022 to address this issue.
The website consists of live classes and video lectures from the professors of IITs and NITs for all the students preparing for JEE-Exams and NEET-UG Exams. The registered students will get free training and coaching for JEE Exams and many other competitive exams that help them to get admissions to IITs and NITs across the country.
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