At IITs, a large numbers of seats are vacant this year after the first allotment of seats. This year, 1, 27,760 OBC candidates appeared for JEE but only 2,357 aspirants could qualify in the exam. The director of IIT Guwahati, Mr. Gautam Barua said, “Our SC seats have not been filled up this year in the first allotment because a lot of candidates did not qualify. We have nine vacancies in the SC quota now.” If vacant seats do not get filled after the allotment of seats then the vacant seats for SC/OBC quota will be transferred to the general category or taken up by the candidates from the last year’s preparatory course.
IIMs witnessed a good summer placement in this academic session. This year IIM-C students got more offers from abroad for their summer placements too. The ratio of students who received more than 10 lakhs stipend for two months internship has shot up by 15%. This year’s summer placement at IIM-Lucknow, IIM-Calcutta, IIM- Kozhikode and IIM-Ahmedabad was better than the previous two years.
The Counseling for undergraduate engineering admission has been postponed by a week and now it’s scheduled from 7th July to 14th July. The academic sessions for undergraduate courses which were going to commence in September will now start from the first week of October. The counseling for medical & dental courses is also expected to get delayed. The COMED-K counseling for engineering seats will get delayed too. As per the AICTE, the delay has occurred due to some technical issues. AICTE has dropped the top 7 colleges from the list because their approvals were not updated in the final data including People’s Education Society Institute of Technology (PESIT), MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT), BMS College of Engineering and RV College of Engineering (RVCE). Mr. Aravind Limbavali, Cabinet Minister for Higher Education, Government of Karnataka said, “We can start counseling on July 7 as per the earlier announcement, but if we do that, the meritorious students would not get seats in these top colleges. We don’t want to create trouble for students.”These colleges appealed to include their seats in the matrix for counseling.Aravind Limbavali said, “We have requested the AICTE to at least permit us to use last year’s seat matrix to begin the counseling as per schedule.”
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched three new programs in Economics stream namely, Actuarial Economics, Applied Quantitative Finance and Environmental Economics. The University spokesperson said , “Those interested in pursuing Actuarial Economics, Applied Quantitative Finance and Environmental Economics can now apply at the School of Social Sciences at IGNOU.” IGNOU and Madras School of Economics are jointly offering these programs on a full-time basis. The classes will be held in IGNOU campus at Maidan Garhi and MSE, Chennai. The candidate should have a bachelor’s degree for these programs with sound mathematical or statistical knowledge. Selection will be based on a common entrance test, which will be held on 14th July at Chennai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai centers.