JOSAA 2023: Huge increase in IIT and NIT seats
For the academic year 2023-24, up to 56,900 seats will be made available in government-funded GFTIs along with IITs, NITs, IIITs. To this extent, the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JOSAA) has undertaken the preliminary exercise related to the process of allotment of seats in IITs, NITs and IIITs. From June 19, the process of seat allotment will be undertaken in IITs and NITs.
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The number of seats in IITs, NITs and IIITs has increased significantly in the last five years. Due to the widespread development of the technology sector worldwide and the employment opportunities for the youth, there is a tremendous demand for technical education. Till 2019, the number of seats in these institutes remained nominal and the availability of high caliber technical professionals was limited.
50% increase in number of seats:
About 8 lakh students go to different countries every year for higher education. They had to spend lakhs of rupees for this. To avoid this, the Center has taken steps to make education of the highest standards available to them in the country. As part of this, by 2024, steps have been taken to increase the number of IITs and other national educational institutions and increase the number of seats by 50%. Also, 20 prominent IITs and other institutes have been designated as Institutes of Eminence (IOEs) and allocated additional funds.
Meanwhile, according to the report given by DP Singh, the central government has increased the number of seats in IITs, NITs and other institutions in 2020. In 2019, there were 38,704 seats in IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs across the country and it has been increased to 50,822 in 2020. Along with the establishment of new educational institutes in various states, the existing IITs and NITs have improved the facilities and increased the number of seats.
56,900 addditional seats
Even after that, every year in the respective institutes, seats were increased at the rate of 200,000. 52,453 seats are available in 2021 and 54,477 seats in 2022. It is estimated that the number of seats will increase to 56,900 in 2023-24 as well, with a target of increasing the number of seats by 50 per cent by 2024.
JOSAA Cutoff Score:
Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JOSA) processes the admissions in IITs, NITs and IIITs. Those who secure merit ranks with the highest score in JEE Main and Advanced are given admission in these. It is known that the National Testing Agency completed the JEE Main exams for the 2023 admissions in the months of January and April and announced the final ranks recently. JEE Advanced will be conducted for the top 2.5 lakh candidates who qualify in Mains.
It is known that the process of advanced registrations started from April 30. These applications were received till May 7. JEE Advanced exam will be held on June 4. The results will be released on June 18. After that, JOSAA registrations will start from June 19. It seems that this time too, like in the past, the counseling will be conducted in six phases and the seats will be allotted.
20 percent quota for women
Since the enrollment of women in IITs is nominal, the Center has increased the quota by 20% in all IITs from 2018-19 and set up supernumerary seats to increase their number. For three years it was continued by the Center in all institutions. With this, the enrollment of women in leading IITs has increased by more than 20 percent by 2021. Later the respective IITs made a decision on the supernumerary seats for women.