National Institutes
of Technology

Free med treatment for NIT’s retired staff

KURUKSHETRA : Health facilities for the retired employees will be offered free in National Institute of Technology(NIT) on the NIT campus Health Centre, which will be upgraded with all medical faclities, said Dr J K Palit, chairman, Board of Governors of NIT.

He said that the BoG meeting held recently has decided that around Rs 1 crore will be spent on upgradation of the health centre of the NIT and on all the facilities like ambulance service, ICU, empaneled doctors and latest medical equipment.

He also added that the pension facilities for the NIT employees are still a pending issue and was also discussed during the meeting and decided that it will be taken up at the concerned ministry level and will try to convience the officials since it is not being given only in the 3 NITs namely Kurukshetra, Jalandhar and Aizwal respectively.

National Institutes
of Technology

Seventeen RECs were established from 1959 onwards in each of the major states, to meet the country's growing requirement for trained technical manpower for various development projects. Each college is a joint and cooperative enterprise of the central government and the concerned state government. While all the 17 colleges offer degree courses in various branches of engineering and technology, 14 have facilities for postgraduate and doctoral programs. The entire non-recurring expenditure and expenditure for post-graduate courses in the RECs are borne by the central government. As regards the recurring expenditure on undergraduate courses, the same is shared by the central government and the state government on 50:50 basis. The MHRD has taken an important decision to covert the RECs into NITs by changing their administrative structure and granting them Deem University status. So far, 13 RECs have been converted into NITs under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. The total. budget provision for all RECs/NITs for 2002-03 is Rs 72 crore under Plan and Rs. 118.13 crore under non-Plan. Activities undertaken by the individual RECs/NITs during the year under report are as under.

 

 NITs demand pay parity with the IIT faculty


NEW DELHI : The National Institutes of Technology have demanded pay parity with the faculty of the Indian Institutes of Technology under a proposed salary regime that will enable them to compete for top teachers.

NIT directors rejected a differential pay structure between their institutes and the IITs proposed by a central pay panel at a meeting with Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal last week, officials said.

The meeting was slated as a courtesy call on Sibal, HRD ministry sources said. “But it transformed into a forum for the directors to demand that their faculty are not ready to accept lower pay than the IITs,” an official said.

The demand follows recommendations of the pay panel for Central technical institutes, headed by former Indian Institute of Science director Goverdhan Mehta. It suggested continuing with the different pay structures.

The IITs have traditionally enjoyed better pay for their faculty than the NITs and other top Central engineering institutions, including four Indian Institutes of Information Technology.

But the NITs, which also hold the tag of “Institutes of National Importance” like the IITs, argue that the government must no longer discriminate between different institutions it funds.

“Jawaharlal Nehru University may have a better reputation than some other central varsities, but the same pay scales hold for all Central universities. There is no reason why the system should be different in technical education,” an NIT director said.

The NITs also argue that lower pay scales prevent them from competing with the IITs for top teachers, propelling them into a “vicious cycle” where they can never hope to catch up with the IITs in quality.

The NITs had asked for equal pay during discussions with the Mehta committee on the salary review, according to the panel’s report.

Panel members point out that their report has recommended a hike in pay for faculty of all institutes, including the NITs. “It is natural for people to differ in their opinions on our report, but we believe we have given teachers across all institutions a wonderful deal,” Mehta said.

Another member argued that the different faculty structures at the IITs and the NITs make it “impossible” for their pay structures to be common.

The IITs have a four-tier faculty structure, with lecturers at the bottom of the rung followed by assistant professors, associate professors and professors.

The NITs have a three-tier structure. The Mehta panel has recommended that entrants to the NITs be called assistant professors, with associate professors and professors above them.

The panel has recommended identical salaries for IIT lecturers and NIT assistant professors. It has suggested that NIT associate professors receive pay that falls in between the salaries of IIT assistant professors and associate professors.

Professors at the NITs are placed on a par with associate professors of the IITs, according to the suggested pay structure.  

Six more NITs to be opened in North East states

NEW DELHI : Six of the nine new National Institutes of Technology promised by the UPA government will be set up in the Northeast, one in each state which does not have a NIT at present.

The Human Resource Development Ministry had written to the chief ministers of Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim asking them to allocate land for the NITs, senior officials told reporters.

Assam and Tripura already have such institutes (in Silchar and Agartala).

The ministry had also written to the Puducherri, Goa and Uttarakhand administration where NITs will be set up, sources said.

The move follows controversial changes to the institutes’ admission policy last year which the northeastern states termed as "discriminatory against regions traditionally backward in technical education."

The NITs admit students on the basis of their performance in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), a national-level test conducted by the CBSE.

Till last year, 50 per cent of the seats in the NITs were filled by domiciled candidates of the state in which the NIT is located. The states without NITs were also allocated reserved seats at other NITs, based on their population.

The rationale for the reservation was that most of the NITs were initially set up as Regional Engineering Colleges (RECs) aimed at developing technical education in specific states.

A key precondition placed by states for the transfer of these institutes to the Centre as NITs was the continuation of reservation for students belonging to the respective states.

Last year, the HRD Ministry changed the admission policy for the NITs. The move was considered controversial for two reasons:

The institutes are officially autonomous bodies and it is their apex decision making body, the NIT Council, and not the HRD Ministry, that is empowered to alter the admission process.

Secondly the new admission policy also ended state-specific reservations, stipulating that all seats would be filled up on the basis of a student’s merit determined by performance in the AIEEE.

The end of reservations at the NITs was discriminatory against relatively less developed states, chief ministers of the northeastern states had complained to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam.

They feared that students from their states would no longer find minimum proportional representation at the NITs. 

NIT admissions : HRD Ministry firm on new policy

On June 26 2008 the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) finally put its seal on the new admission policy for the 20 National Institutes of Technology, with a promise that the states/UTs having no NIT would be duly compensated for the loss they suffer by way of reduced seats during implementation of the new admission policy.The map of India showing the location of various NITs

The decision to this effect was taken by the MHRD during the meeting with secretaries/ commissioners of different states and Union territories (UTs) held on June 26 in the chamber of MHRD Secretary R P Agrawal. Mr N K Sinha, the Joint Secretary looking after the NITs also attended the meeting.

The meeting was called to address the apprehensions of some north east states and Goa which do not have an NIT nor do they have an engineering college of repute.

"This issue was discussed at the meeting where it was decided that the north eastern and other states, specially those which do not have an NIT, would be given special consideration depending on the extent of their loss due to the introduction of the new system," L Roy, Commissioner, Department of Education, Meghalaya told Academics-India.

The meeting was necessitated by the June 9 order (OM No. F-23-12 / 2008 TS III dated June 9, 2008) of the HRD Ministry according to which 50 per cent seats in the NITs have been reserved exclusively for the candidates of home state of that NIT and the rest 50 per cent are to be filled by the all-India merit list. The admission to NITs are made on the basis of All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Till 2007, 50 per cent seats in the NITs were filled by the eligible candidates of the states where the NIT was located while the remaining 50 per cent seats were proportionally distributed among the other States and selection was through State-specific/UT-specific ranks in the AIEEE.

In the old system there were situations when candidates with lower marks from some states/UTs got admission to NITs, whereas other candidates from other state/UTs with higher marks could not get through. The system was also prone to be misused by scheming elements.

Apprehensions

The chief ministers of 13 states and Union territories had written to HRD minister Arjun Singh and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, calling the policy, unveiled on June 9, discriminatory against educationally backward states.

Although the June 26 meeting was called in response to those letters, the Centre had made up its mind not to withdraw the policy despite opposition from the states.

 

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