Wednesday, June 30, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Chunk of IIT OBC quota unfilled, thrown open

Chunk of IIT OBC quota unfilled, thrown open

Mihika Basu / DNA

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 1:53 IST

Mumbai: As many as 469 seats reserved for the other backward classes
(OBC) remain vacant after the first allotment of seats in the Indian
Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Some candidates didn't make it despite a relaxation in the cut-off
mark; several also failed to prove their OBC status, according to the
Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) organising committee.

The older IITs are implementing the last phase of the 27% reservation
for OBC candidates this year. The eight new IITs have been
implementing the quota at one go.

"The IITs had set aside 2,570 seats for OBCs, but only 2,023 were
filled. Some candidates could not establish their OBC status. Also,
there were not enough qualified candidates. Further, many got the
courses of their choice as general category students. The unfilled
seats have therefore been transferred to the general category," said
TS Natarajan, JEE organising chairman and professor at IIT Madras.

Of the 2,570 seats under the OBC category, 78 (around 3%) are reserved
for students with physical disabilities. Of the remaining 2,492 seats,
only 2,023 have been filled.

Of the 1,27,760 OBC candidates who appeared for the JEE, only 2,357
could qualify. So, there was already a shortfall of over 200
candidates. And, of those who qualified, 868 candidates had to be
selected by giving 10% relaxation, while the remaining 1,489 made it
to the list on merit. "But, despite the relaxation, we couldn't fill
up all the seats," said another JEE official.

In 2009, 1,949 OBC students had qualified for 1,594 seats. But 51 OBC
seats were converted to the general category.

Similarly, for scheduled tribe (ST) candidates, 212 seats could not be
filled this year. SC/ST candidates, along with students with physical
disabilities, get 50% relaxation from the last general category

A further 50% relaxation is given to those who do not qualify so that
they can be sent for the one-year preparatory course.

Of the 15,975 ST candidates who took the JEE this year, only 517
qualified to seek admission to 712 seats. Of these, 498 had to be
selected by giving 50% relaxation.

"There are 721 seats for ST candidates, but we haven't been able to
fill 212 seats despite so much concession. These will be transferred
to preparatory course. For PD candidates, 90 seats couldn't be filled
and have been transferred to the preparatory course," Natarajan said.

In case of SC candidates, six seats are yet to be filled and the IITs
are hoping to do so in the second round of allotment. In 2009, over
1,000 seats reserved for SCs and STs remained vacant and had to be
transferred to the preparatory course and were filled after lowering
the bar by another 50%. The exact picture will emerge after the second
allotment on July 16.


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