The Indian Institutes of Technologies (IIT) have said intense public focus and the large number of candidates taking its entrance exam led to errors in the 2010 admission process.
The bloomers started with mistakes in the Hindi version of its question papers.
The latest was the “mechanical data entry error”which led to 52 students being allotted seats incorrectly in architecture/ design courses though they did not qualify.
IIT Madras director M. S. Ananth “regretted”the error. He said the institute had appointed a co-chairman to the joint implementation committee coordinating admissions in addition to current chairman T. S. Natarajan.
On June 28, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) included the registration numbers of 52 candidates – who had failed the mandatory aptitude test – in its list of qualified candidates for B. Architecture and B. Design courses.
The error was pointed out by a candidate.
After the error became public, the human resource development (HRD) ministry asked IIT Madras for a report.
“It is unfortunate. We will consider the second choices of those who inadvertently lost their seats,”Ananth said. But he couldn’t commit whether all of them will be admitted.
The joint implementation committee will meet on Wednesday after which they hope to come up with the final second list. This will also determine the future of the 52 students who were incorrectly declared as qualified.
Ananth said only if the students move court and some directions are later passed will the IITs consider creating extra seats for them.
Earlier, errors were found in the JEE papers set in Hindi. There were errors in the Mathematics and Physics papers as well. HRD minister Kapil Sibal had sought an explanation for this.
Ananth said the large number of candidates (4.7 lakh) made the system unwieldy. The IITs have proposed that lesser number of students are allowed to take the JEE as otherwise multiple choice question papers would have to be resorted to.
The IIT admission reforms committee has proposed an aptitude test to screen candidates before the regular subjective test.
IIT Guwahati director Gautam Barua was “concerned and upset “at the recent goof-ups in the admission process. “There has been laxity in implementation,”he said. “If those 52 students do not get admission, we might have to do something to accommodate them,”he added.