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Recently, The Indian Institute of Technology which is also abbreviated as IIT has decided to end the courses that are not popular amongst the students. The decision has been taken by the institute due to the disinterest showed by the students regarding these courses and the increasing number of vacant seats for the particular courses in the institutes for the last few years. The courses which remained unpopular amongst the students since the last few years are agricultural engineering, biochemical engineering, and pharma engineering.

As per the news sources, a meeting regarding the matter will be held today at the IIT Council in which decisions will be taken by the authorities.

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Besides this, a senior official from the HRD Ministry said, “Branches such as agricultural engineering, biochemical engineering, and pharma engineering are not getting enough admission, probably due to not so good career prospects and other institutes offering better course structure.”

Today, a discussion will take place regarding the issue in the IIT Council in order to end the courses which are less popular among the students from the next academic session, senior official added. The official also briefed that the IIT Council is held annually and is participated by the board members and directors to discuss respective issues and take relevant decisions in order to set up the plans for IITs.

As per the recent reports, there were a total of 118 seats that were vacant this year for the B.Tech courses while the number of seats vacant for the same was 121 last year. On this, a senior official said that the board members do not want even a single seat to remain vacant for their premier engineering institutes.

In a parliament session that recently took place, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar stated that in 2018 11,961 BTech seats were occupied by the students in the 23 IITs, leaving  118 seats vacant, “We have increased the seats by (over) 1,000. And, out of the 12,079 seats (available), I am very happy to announce, 11,961 seats have been filled,” said Javadekar.

Besides this, around 800 more seats were added by the management this year for women which have increased the enrollment from 9 percent of last year to 15 percent for the present year. Some special informative programmes were also been conducted by the students in order to encourage girl students to choose programmes which are usually not on their priority list.

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