IIT-NIT common counselling
Common counselling for admission to IITs and NITs is likely to start from the coming academic session, the Rajya Sabha was informed Monday. The...
Likely to start from coming academic session
New Delhi: Common counselling for admission to IITs and NITs is likely to start from the coming academic session, the Rajya Sabha was informed Monday. The council of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Technology (NIT) has decided to adopt common counselling for admission to IITs and NITs and other centrally-funded technical institutes, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said.
"The technical committee constituted to sort out the process flow differences between IITs and NITs counselling has inter-alia recommended for joint seat allocation process which is likely to be started from the academic year 2015-16," she said in a written reply.
Addressing the issue of empty seats at various IITs, the Delhi High Court has directed the government to conduct common counselling for all IITs and NITs, starting from the academic year 2015-16. The issue of seats in IITs and NITs across the country remaining vacant in successive academic sessions was brought to the High Court through public interest litigation by an IIT professor Rajeev Kumar in 2010 who alleged discrepancies, irregularities in the joint entrance examination conducted by IITs.
PhD enrolment in NITs rise
The number of PhD enrolments in National Institutes of Technology (NITs) has increased to over 6,130 in 2014 from about 5,240 in the previous year, Government said on Monday. HRD Minister Smriti Irani said the number of students enrolled in NITs too increased to 84,441 from about 75,719 during the period.
She said continuous efforts were being made to ensure that no faculty position was left vacant in the NITs and added that the faculty strength stood at 4,659 in December 2014. The Minister informed that the first-ever Conference of the Directors of the NITs was convened by the President. "The Standing Committee of the Council of NITs has been entrusted to look into the implementation of the actionable points of the Visitor's Conferences and ensure that action taken is reported to the Council of NITs, from time to time," she added.