IIT Kharagpur Prof Rajeev Kumar had filed a PIL in the Delhi High Court, through his lawyer Prashant Bhushan, asking interference of the HC in the admission process of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) admission process for 2014-15. Delhi HC has declined his request to delay IIT admissions this year but has directed the HRD Ministry and the IITs to conduct from next year. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later
The High Court said that the issue of common counselling will be implemented from 2015. Currently, it is being examined by a technical committee constituted by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), which has representatives from IITs, NITs and NIC. Also Read - Before Reporting For Duty, This Bengaluru Cop Teaches Children of Migrant Workers Everyday For An Hour
According to Kumar, hundreds of precious engineering seats at IITs and NITs remain vacant as students who get offers from both an IIT and a NIT drop one of the seats at the last moment – leaving no time for the institutes to offer vacant seats to other candidates. Joint Seat Acceptance process will force students to make a choice between all the offers – there and then, so that the vacant engineering seats can be offered to other students. Also Read - Ready to Send Children Back to School? 78% Parents Say No, Willing to Let Kids Repeat An Academic Year
However, the court said that though the issue is of vital importance and of national interest, it should not be forgotten that IITs have a very thorough admission process and the academic session at IITs has already started. Derailing the academic calendar devised by professional experts at IITs for the sake of filling up vacant seats will not be advisable.
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