States without NIT to be given more seats

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New Delhi, Jun 26 (UNI) The states that either do not have an NIT as of now or are highly deficient in having Technical Institutions will be compensated by being allocated more seats.

The decision, taken at a meeting of Secretary, Department of Higher Education with Secretaries (Technical Education) of a few States/UTs, was necessitated by an earlier decision that outside state quota seats in 20 National Institutes of Technology (NITs) would now be filled on All India merit basis.

Admissions in NITs are made on the basis of AIEEE examination conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education.

Till 2007, the seats in these institutions used to be filled by allocating 50 per cent of the seats to the eligible candidates of the states where an NIT was located and rest 50 per cent of the seats (outside state quota) were allocated to other states/UTs.

These outside state quota seats allocated to different States/UTs used to be filled by the eligible candidates based on their State/UT specific AIEEE ranks.

With this system of filling outside state quota seats, there were situations when candidates with higher marks from some States/UTs were not getting admissions in NITs whereas other candidates from other State/UTs with lower marks could obtain it.

This system had other demerits like, possible situations where candidates from a particular category with very low marks from certain states getting admission while candidates from the same category with much higher marks but from some other state being denied admission. The system was also prone to be misused by the scheming elements.

To streamline the system and to reduce these demerits, the Ministry had to take the decision for making admissions on the basis of AIEEE conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education.

With the changed scenario, there may be a few states/UTs which may have apprehensions of not getting representation in various technical institutions at the same level as they were getting earlier.

So today's meeting had been called to address the apprehension of these states.

The issues discussed were, admission in NITs for 2008, scheme of Polytechnics, networking of Institutions, reservation of seats for States/UTs lacking facilities of technical education, establishment of new technical institutions, etc.


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