Protest over loss of 46 NIT seats of Andaman

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Port Blair, Jun 17 (UNI) Describing the loss of 46 National Institute of Technology (NIT) seats a major threat to the future of Andaman students, the Island Development Council (IDC) today threatened to intensify its protest if the decision was not reversed.

Dr R K Halder, Chairman, IDC told UNI that allotment of seats in NITs to Andaman&Nicobar Islands had been stopped by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (HRD). ''This is extremely unjustified and arbitrary. The matter is being taken up with the ministries and authorities concerned to restore allotment of seats,'' he said.

The IDC has initiated a meeting tomorrow between its members, students and parents to discuss the future course of action.

Yesterday, a team from IDC met the Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar administration, and they were assured that the matter was being taken up with the ministry concerned.

Earlier in the day, dozens of angry parents and students had gathered in front of the Secretariat building of the island.

Till last year 50 per cent of the seats in an NIT were filled by domiciled candidates of the state, while the rest were filled by candidates outside the state.

But from 2008-2009 onwards, admission in the NITs for outside the state (i.e non-domiciled seats) would be done through All-India Engineering Entrance Examination, the HRD Ministry has decided.

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