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Shitikanth is IIT-JEE topper in 2008 from Bombay zone

Shitikanth is IIT-JEE topper in 2008 from Bombay zone

Shitikanth from the Bombay zone is the all-India topper in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2008 for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology. The results were declared on Friday.

Of the 3,11,258 candidates who appeared for the examination on April 13, students numbering 8,652 have been declared qualified to seek admission for the 6,872 seats in the IITs in Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Mumbai and Roorkee and some proposed new IITs, the Institute of Technology Banaras Hindu University and the Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad.

"Consequent to the government of India issuing the notification for the setting up of eight new IITs during the 11th Plan period, admissions to three more new IITs in Punjab, Gujarat and Orissa, other than in Hyderabad, Patna and Rajasthan, for the academic session 2008-09 are likely to be made through JEE-2008," said an official release.

This year reservation for the Other Backward Classes will be implemented. A separate list for such candidates has been declared.

From the Delhi zone, 51,373 candidates appeared for the examination and 1, 549 qualified for admission. Nikhil Garg has topped the Delhi zone with an all-India sixth rank.

Of the 78,159 girls at the JEE, 840 were successful. The number of girls qualifying in the examination has increased by 43 per cent since last year.

N. Vasuki from the Madras zone has topped the list of girl candidates, having secured an all India 14th rank.

Of the 72,116 OBC candidates, 1,134 have qualified.

Of the 28,393 candidates from the Scheduled Castes, 690 have qualified; among the 8,514 examinees from the Scheduled Tribe category, 159 have cleared it.

Twenty candidates with certified physical disabilities will be granted admission under relaxed norms.

The examination was conducted at more than 600 centres across the country. For the first time, a centre was set up outside India, in Dubai.

Counselling for admission begins on June 17 for the declared all-India rank holders. Courses allotted to the successful candidates will be declared on June 30.

"An extended merit list has also been drawn to facilitate admission to other government institutions. Students on the list might be counselled by the Indian Institute of Space-Science Technology, the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research and the Rajeev Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology.

The Indian Institute of Maritime Studies also offers admission based on JEE-2008 results," said the release.

Shitikanth is IIT-JEE topper in 2008 from Bombay zone

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