From the next academic session, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will increase their total student intake by 5%. Which means that overall, there'll be 528 more seats. Currently, the number of students is 10,572, which will be up to 11,100.
The decision to increase seats was taken at a recent meeting of Joint Admission Board (JAB), which was attended by chairpersons of all the IITs. Seats will be increased across all 23 IITs.
However, several older IITs discontented the statement stating it's difficult to increase infrastructure with the present infrastructure.
Recently, the IITs also decided to enroll 10% more foreign students, over and above the total student strength.
"We are in no position to admit extra students despite the government wanting each IIT to increase intake," said a senior IIT-Kharagpur official told TOI. He further added, "Even if we build accommodation, classrooms and other infrastructure from government funding, it takes many years to build world-class laboratories which offer state-of-the-art facilities."