At least 274 students who had bagged seats in IITs have withdrawn to study elsewhere despite paying the fees. This is about 3% of the 9,885 IIT seats on offer but 10 years ago, none would think of quitting IIT, regardless of the branch. Withdrawals have been rising in the past five years and this year has been the worst.
The admission process got over on Friday, but on Thursday night, an assessment by the IITs revealed that many had decided to quit mostly because they couild not get a stream of their choice. Those who sacrificed the IIT seatsd chose IISc Bangalore, IIIT-Hyderabad, NITs and Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani and Ranchi.
Those selected do not mind giving up the IIT brand if they get a stream which can get them a dream job. Placement results for streams like mining and metallurgy have been poor in recent times. IIT faculty members say that so many withdrawals were unthinkable a even decade ago, perhaps because the options were limited. However, the times have changed and many new institutions have attained excellence. From 4,000-plus seats, there are now nearly 10,000 seats on offer in all IITs. Naturally the number of withdrawals is proportionately higher.