R Subramaniam, Higher education Secretary of Human Resource Development recently mentioned that there have been a whopping 13,604 undergraduate admissions in IIT’s across the country. There are no vacant seats this year and the same has been achieved by excellent cooperation between all the IIT’s. Among the 23 IIT’s, there were about 118 unfilled seats in the last year.
HRD minister Prakash Javadekar mentioned that there were vacant seats earlier because students did not show any interest in some disciplines.
HRD ministry previously set up a panel to improve the number of seats being filled and the panel made recommendations accordingly. There has been a surge in the admissions to IIT’s recently.
The panel set up by the HRD ministry suggested that there has to be a review conducted on every discipline based on employment opportunity, the requirement at a national level, and future scope. The panel also suggested that a helpline has to be set up to ensure a robust counselling process through multiple rounds. These multiple rounds of counselling help them to make a well-informed decision. Seats of IIT-Kanpur and IIT Hyderabad were all filled during the years 2013- 17. IIT Delhi had zero vacancies between the year 2013-15.
The multiple rounds of counselling and the relooking of the disciplines offered are some of the welcome changes that helped students to make the right choice and ensure that they are enrolled in the right kind of degrees. The introduction and the removal of redundant disciplines as per the current global trend helps students to make a well-informed choice.
The students need to understand various factors before deciding on enrolling at a degree course:
- Job opportunities
- A global trend of the discipline
- Future aspects
- Career path
- Fee structure
- Passion/ interest towards the discipline/ specialization
A well-informed decision to enrol in the most suitable degree at premier educational institutions no doubt a great way of making the right choice.