Due to a technical glitch, over 1 lakh students were allotted mechanical engineering seats in NIT-Patna without having applied there

There seems to be no end to the confusion of students aspiring to get into the prestigious National Institutes of Technology (NITs).

A week ago, they were restlessly awaiting their delayed results. On Friday, many of them were shocked to be allotted seats in NIT-Patna.

Due to a technical glitch, over 1 lakh students were allotted mechanical engineering seats in NIT-Patna.

“I registered a complaint with the reporting centre immediately. NIT-Patna was not even in my list of preferences,” said Sharan Kumar, a city student.

“Even after the complaint, my name was missing from the database. I am very tense because now admissions to all reputed engineering colleges are over,” said the high scorer. 

Over 3,000 students cleared the JEE (Mains) this year.

This was the first time a two-tier system of testing was evolved for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), while the NITs, for the first time, also considered class XII marks of students.

Sunil Sarangi, chairman, Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB), put up an apology letter on the CSAB website on Friday admitting to the technical glitch.

“The software should have been tested properly before being put to use. This is the second apology issued by the board. This is unfair to so many students who have put in years of hard work to get into the NITs,” said education consultant, Nedunchezhian D.

Divya Nambisan, a student, said the CSAB had not followed the schedule in announcing the seat allotment or results. “Most engineering colleges will begin classes this week. And here, we don’t even know where we are going.”