JoSAA ends; 3200 seats still lying vacant
A fundamental flaw in the admission procedure to the elite government engineering colleges in India has resulted in 3200 spots lying vacant at the end of the admission process.
The admission process is without an exit clause and now bunch of students are stuck with the subject that they don’t want to join and another bunch eager to join the colleges cannot do so.
While setting the business rules for the admission to IITs, NITs, IIITs and other GTFIs, the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) did not permit the students to cancel admissions. This flaw in the design does not allow the unhappy students to cancel the admission and it also restricts the interested candidates to opt for these colleges.
The government made about Rs 14.4 crore in the process, as a non-refundable fee of Rs 45,000 was charged for each of these 3,200 seats.
NIT Patna director and co-chairman of the JoSAA Ashok De said, "At the end of the process, there are 3,200 seats where students have blocked the seats but have not confirmed their admission".
At such times of intense competition, vacant seats must be made available to the interested students. Keeping the seats vacant will only lead to wastage of public money and a loss of opportunity to the students interested.