Thursday, March 12, 2015

IITs, NITs to conduct common counselling

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and National Institutes of Technology (NIT) will have a common counselling process for admission from the coming academic year to cut down the tedious process of multiple counselling and start the sessions early.
The technical committee, set up by the Union ministry of HRD to sort out the differences between IITs and NITs counselling, has recommended for joint seat allocation process.
Welcoming the move, chairman of IIT-Kanpur Prof. M. Anandakrishnan said, “We will have separate rankings for IITs and NITs, but counselling would be done on the same platform. IIT-Kanpur will be the nodal agency this year.”
A director of one of the new NITs, on condition of anonymity, said that this help the NITs too as they would get good students. “If a student with rank 3,000 in IIT pool decides to join an NIT, we will be happy to take him rather than a 5,000 rank one from the NIT list,” the director said. He also said that with the new system, both the institutions could complete their admission process early and open commence the classes by August.
Students too are happy with this pattern.
The Technical Committee constituted to sort out the process flow differences between IITs and NITs counsellings has inter-alia recommended for joint seat allocation process, which is likely to be started from the academic year 2015 - 2016. 

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.
Source: Deccan chronicle, ET

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