IIT Delhi to increase student intake by 27%

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has decided to increase student intake by 27 per cent to accommodate more students from backward classes. In all, the institute will admit 850 students at the B Tech level this academic year.

“We are adding 27 percent students more this time. With this, the government rule of increasing students intake by 54 per cent to accommodate 27 per cent other backward class (OBC) quota has been done,” Surendra Prasad, director, IIT-Delhi has said. In the last three years IIT-Delhi has added nearly 300 more students to accommodate the OBC quota as mandated by the central government. The central government has ordered implementation of OBC quota in all the government aided higher educational institutes across India. Currently, India has 15 IITs including eight new ones which have started operation in the last two years. At least 472,000 students had appeared for the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) joint entrance examination (JEE) on April 11 2010 and less than 9,000 students will make it to these 15 IITs through this entrance examination. (IANS)

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