Some bits of accidental revelation:
"quotas cannot be filled because there aren't enough suitable candidates..."
'Nearly 50% of reserved seats lying vacant' *432 to be precise*
'..criminal waste of infrastructure'
"...ministry is not interested in de-reserving vacant seats..."
"...ministry wants the premiere engineering schools to dilute merit.... "
"...further bring down cutoffs to admit reserved category students..."
'HRD orders faculty quota with "immediate effect" in IITs'
And before you check the idea out, a point in concern:
The present IIT cut-off is around 180 for a general category student and 104 for a reserved category one. Which gets lowered to its 55% for the preparatory course i.e. to 57. Which'll get further lowered to dispel the empty-seat syndrome.
What's the bet the final cut-off [if it is, indeed, intended to cut off] won't come down to a zero equivalent?
Oh and by the bye, as like everywhere, why not reserve plush velvet-swathed seats for these people in heaven too?