After the brief halt at the engineering counselling imposed by Supreme Court, JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) has released the number of seats up for grabs in the fourth round. A total of 2,272 seats in the 93 participating institutes are still vacant. Out of them 42 are from various IITs across the country. 

Although after the second round allotment no seats were vacant at IIT Bombay, two category seats have gone vacant after the end of third round. Few seats at premiere institutes like IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Gandhinagar are also vacant after the third round. IIT Kharagpur has 7 seats in different engineering streams after the third round of seat acceptance. 

The remaining IIT seats are mostly offering seats for the reserved category candidates. Last year, even after six rounds of counselling JoSAA couldn’t fill 76 seats. This year, JoSAA has decided to conduct seven rounds of counselling to fill all the IIT seats. 

JoSAA is a body responsible for conducting counselling and admission in engineering courses at 93 participating institutes (23 IITs, 30 NITs, 20 IITs and 20 GFTIs). Seats often go vacant as candidates switch from one college to the other or forfeit their seats in process of the counselling. 

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