In a bid to reduce the pressure of seeking admission in IITs and NITs, coaching institutes have started informing students preparing for the JEE, about other engineering institutions and entrance exams available.

Counsellor at Allen Career Institute, Amit Ahuja, said, “There are only 10000 seats in 19 IITs and around 24000 seats in 30 NITs available for over 10lakh aspirants. Those students who do not secure high ranks in JEE Mains or Advance should not get disappointed and must try their luck at other equivalent engineering examinations as well.” With the JEE 2016 exam just few months from now, it is important that students should also have information about other exams and engineering institute options. Chief Executive Officer of Career Point, Pramod Maheshwari also agreed that IITs and NITs are not the end of the road as there are multiple options available to students.

Apart from these, there are several other premier institutes like BITS Pilani, IIIT Hyderabad, VIT Chennai, IPU Delhi, Amrata Chennai, SRM Chennai, AMU Aligarh, UPES Dehradun, Vanasthali Vidhyapeeth Jaipur, NIFT Delhi, and others from where students can pursue engineering studies. There are also other research institutes of national repute such as IISER, IISC, etc. Managing Director of Resonance, Kota, RK Verma said, “Resonance has put up a list of around 35 different engineering and medical entrance examinations on their notice boards in the institutes. Information about exam form dates, fees, result dates and other information is also shared with the students.”

In fact, Ahuja also believes that, along with engineering, students can make their future in other fields like design, research, mathematics, fashion technology, architecture, NDA, mass communication and others.

The Dean of Science, University of Kota, Professor NK Jaiman said that University of Kota is the only state university that offers an integrated (B.Sc plus M.Sc) course to its students, that also provides good job prospects.

Impressed by all such informational seminars, a student from one of the coaching institutes, Shivani Jain, said that earlier she was concerned about her fate in IITs or NITs, but the information about broader college avenues has relieved her.

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