The coronavirus pandemic has created a troublesome situation all over the nation. Due to this crisis, several educational institutions were shut across the country. IITs have confronted a critical situation regarding the hostels reopen. To ensure social distancing in the hostels, the IITs have requested an extension of 1 year i.e., to 2021 for adding new seats. The 10 percent of the seats will be accommodated to the students belonging to Economically Weaker Sections [EWS].
In the previous month, a total of 23 premier engineering institutes jointly contacted the Centre with the request claiming the lockdown due to the COVID-19 crisis. The officials of the Government said the HRD Ministry authorities will cite the request to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The EWS quota proposal received approval from the Union Cabinet at the beginning of the last year.
The IITs need to enhance the admissions of the students for UD, Masters, and other research programmes to approximately 6700 seats. Out of the total number of seats, from 2300 seats, about 500 were added for B.Tech in the academic year 2019-20. There are 4400 seats remained. From these seats, about 1300 seats were anticipated to be added for B.Tech this academic year.
Besides IITs, several centrally funded institutions are confronting a lot of infrastructural limitations. Even, the National Institutes of Technology across the country have been confronting a similar situation. T overcome this, all the centrally funded institutions like IIMs, IITs, NITs, IIITs, IISERs and other central universities must increase the overall strength of its students by at least 25 percent. This must be done in at least 2 years.
It means, more than 2 lakh additional seats might be required across all the centrally funded educational institutions. IITs sent their request jointly to the Government. They mainly highlighted the delay caused in the hostels’ construction amid the nationwide lockdown.
One of the directors of an IIT said, ‘Many IITs were either expanding or renovating their classrooms and hostels to accommodate the new students added under the supernumerary seats created last year to increase female enrollment and the additional seats to implement the EWS quota. This work was disrupted because of the lockdown and is unlikely to finish by the time they reopen.’
On the other hand, the authorities of various NITs haven’t still made their request similar to the IITs. Get to know the latest updates about various educational news and results on this website.