Andaman to attend meeting to discuss quota seats in NITs

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Port Blair, Jun 24 (UNI) The Andaman and Nicobar government will attend a crucial meeting, convened by the Ministry of Human Resources Development(HRD), in New Delhi on June 26.

Official sources here today said the meeting would discuss the issue relating to admission against non-domicile quota in National Institutes of Technologies(NITs).

Earlier this week, the Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar had taken up the matter with the Union Minister for Human Resources Development, sources added.

The sources further informed that admissions in all the 20 NITs across the country are made on the basis of AIEEE, conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education.

Till 2007, the seats in an NIT were used to be filled by allocating 50 per cent of the seats to the eligible candidates of the states where an NIT is located and rest 50 per cent of the seats were allocated to other states, UTs, sources added.

'' To streamline the system, the HRD Ministry has issued instructions to the Central Counselling Board(CCB) 2008, directing it to fill the outside state quota in NITs on All India merit list basis, '' sources said adding with the changed scenario, Andaman and Nicobar establishment expressed its apprehensions of not getting representation in various technical institutions at the same level as they were getting earlier.

'' Allotment of seats in NITs to the UT has been stopped by the Ministry of HRD which is extremely unjustified and arbitrary, '' Dr R K Halder, the Chairman of Island Development Council, told UNI here today.

Meanwhile, the Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar had directed its Secretary(Education) and the Director of Education to attend the scheduled meeting, sources said.

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