Tuesday, June 17, 2008



The sudden decision of the Ministry of Human Resource Development to fill 50 per cent of the seats, hitherto reserved for students of other States in the National Institutes of Technology, on an all-India merit basis, will eliminate the chances of Tamil Nadu students getting admission to the NITs elsewhere in the country, say school principals.
The Ministry informed the Central Counselling Board (AIEEE–2008) about the change only on June 13. The principals fear the new system raises the possibility of the 50 per cent seats in 20 NITs being filled with students of some States that have been dominating the national ranking in the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) over the years. Furthermore, they reckon, the awareness of the examination is inadequate in Tamil Nadu.
The States that lag in the AIEEE will have to content themselves with the 50 per cent of seats earmarked in the NITs for their own students. The decision has come as a shock at a time when all NITs are increasing the number of seats to implement 27 per cent reservation for the OBC students.
What rankles them is that the Central Government has not honoured its promise to safeguard the interests of States when it converted the Regional Engineering Colleges into the National Institutes of Technology.
In fact, the Centre was allowed to take over the Regional Engineering College here a few years ago only after it promised that the pattern of admission would be retained.
The decision must be based on the fact that the Centre meet the entire funding for the NITs as it does for the Indian Institutes of Technology, sources in the Central Counselling Board (AIEEE–2008) told The Hindu.
“There is no justification for the timing of the decision. Tamil Nadu students who have devoted their time and energy to securing seats in the NITs have been caught unawares. Had they known the decision earlier, they would have intensified their preparations since securing all-India ranks is quite a tough task,” says A. Rajagopal, a full-time trainer of IIT-JEE and AIEEE.

COURTESY - THE HINDU dt. 17.07.2008


Anonymous said...

This is really a shock for all in Tamil nadu where the State Board pattern does not match the CBSE pattern on which AIEEE revolves.
I wonder how the modus operandi of selection can be changed after AIEEE, and that too just before Conselling! Are they taking people for a ride?. With all OBC reservations in Central institutes to be implemented, the removal of State reservations in NIT is horrendous. The very purpose of setting up NIT for a natinal integration would be lost! If the State Quota is not implemented, NITs would be filled up by students from states where the state pattern is almost CBSE pattern. PIL and taking up with politicians are the only routes by which we can restore States Quota.

W H said...

I don't have any qualms about the removal of state quotas. However, whatever was done, should have been announced before the AIEEE examinations, not after. It indeed is playing with students' lives as students plan to write their entrances based on the rules. Many students would have forgone other institutions in the hope of getting seats in NITs.
A PIL needs to be filed.
For that matter, the states that stand to lose out most are the states in which there are no NITs. They don't have any seats in any NITs.