The Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said that over 10,000 seats across all Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have been vacant in the span of the last two years. 8700 seats were vacant in the National Institutes of Technology.
The Union Minister gave this information in response to a query in the Rajya Sabha. The information was based on the information provided from the various IITs and NITs across the country. 5484 seats were unfilled in IITs in 2020 and 2021. Out of which, 476 seats were vacant in undergraduate courses BTech and 3229 seats in postgraduate programmes. 1779 in Ph.D. courses. In the year 2021-22, there were 5296 vacant seats in IITs which was lower as compared to the last year. 361 seats were vacant in B Tech courses, 3083 seats were vacant in post-graduate courses, and 1852 in Ph.D. courses.
The minister said “The premier engineering colleges like IITs, NITs, and IIITs impart education and research in science and technology subjects and are categorised as Institutions of National Importance. The admission to various programmes in these institutions is strictly offered only to deserving candidates based on the ranking/ other parameters, who fulfill the required eligibility criteria.”