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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.


 MHRD appoints 11 NIT directors in one go

By Sanjiv Dube
On October 17 the Ministry of Human Resource Development appointed 11 new directors for various National Institutes of Technology (NITs), including NIT-Warangal and NIT-Durgapur, which had been headless for over a year.

Computer Science professor at IIT Kharagpur, Dr Anupam Basu, has been appointed director of NIT Durgapur while N V Ramana Rao, Rector of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad has been made director of NIT Warangal. He will take charge on Monday.

A teacher of civil engineering, Rao has a Bachelors degree in engineering from Osmania University, M.Tech from IIT Delhi and Ph.D from the UK. His research interests include structural design.

The appointments to NIT Warangal and NIT Durgapur were delayed because of the cabinet reshuffle in July 2016, when Smriti Irani was shifted to Textile Ministry and Prakash Javadekar took over as her successor at HRD Ministry. The ministry had scrapped the panel of names finalised during Irani’s term as they were found unsuitable and the two posts were re-advertised.

While Rajiv Kumar Garg, a professor of industrial and production engineering at NIT Jalandhar, will now head NIT Arunachal Pradesh, Professor Sivaji Bandyopadhyay from the department of computer science and engineering at Jadavpur University, Kolkata is the new director of NIT Silchar.

NIT Raipur has got its new head from within the institute as A M Rawani, a teacher of mechanical engineering, has been elevated to the top post. Rakesh Sehgal from NIT Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh is the director of NIT Srinagar, which witnessed students protests in April last year, after some students from the Valley and some from outside the state clashed following India’s semi-final loss to West Indies in the T-20 World Cup.

Karunesh Kumar Shukla from MNIT, Allahabad will head NIT Jamshedpur, Pradip Kumar Jain from IIT (BHU) is the new director of NIT Patna, Shyam Lal Soni of NIT Jaipur will head NIT Uttarakhand, retired scientist S Venugopal has been appointed to NIT Nagaland and Harish Kumar Sharma, professor at SLIET in Punjab, is the new director of NIT Agartala.

The ministry had invited applications for 12 posts of NIT directors in early July last year but the process of appointment got delayed for one reason or the other.

The aspirants were expected to be less than 65 years of age and the appointment for the post is to be for a tenure of 5 years or till the candidate turns 70.

There are 31 NITs that offer 17,390 seats for undergraduate engineering programmes across the country.

Classes on at NIT, outstation students absent
By Our Correspondent
Trouble torn National Institute of Technology (NIT) resumed classes here on April 25 with most outstation students absent.

According to an official version about 500 outstation students attended classes on Monday when the institute reopened after 10 days of break.Normalcy returned to NIT Srinagar campus on April 25 and classes began with most outstation students absent.

NIT Registrar Fayaz Ahmad Mir said that nearly 1,800 outstation students had gone home following the protests. As many as 344 outstation students returned to the campus and nearly 500 outstation students attended the classes.

"The campus was quite normal today.... We are glad that many outstation students are back," Mir said. Officials said a separate exam for the non-local students would begin from May 5.

A police vehicle, marked ‘riot control’, remained stationed outside the main gate of the institute and some policemen stood at a nearby
parking shed as the NIT resumed classes after a 10-day break following protests triggered by India’s defeat in the T-20 Cricket World Cup semi-final.

The gate is manned by the campus security staff and all entry points  are carefully monitored and their entry and exit recorded on a register.

NIT Srinagar boys want CRPF to camp on campus

JAMMU : With Central government having said a firm no to shifting of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar students, they have now dug heels on the demand of permanent posting of CRPF on theThe students of NIT Srinagar protesting on the campus. campus.

The students took out a protest march here on April 23 demanding permanent deployment of the CRPF on the campus and reshuffling of college administration and immediate formation of students’ council.

Over 300 students, including NIT students, took out a protest march from Press Club to Science College here and said they would continue with their protest till their demands are met and said that would boycott classes starting from April 25.

NSUI leaders joined the protesting students and said that they will continue supporting the protesting students till demands were met. The MHRD and the college administration have turned a “deaf ear” to the primary demands of the students, one of the protesting students said. They demanded permanent deployment of the CRPF with powers in the campus (not
under state administration).

Besides this they also demanded reshuffling of college administration immediately and restructuring of NIT Srinagar administration by introducing cadre system.

Administration (both teaching and non-teaching staff) should consist of 50 per cent quota of J&K state personnel and 50 per cent quota from other states of India, the NIT students said. The NIT students also demanded immediate formation of students’ council on the lines of top NITs, IITs.

Meanwhile the HRD ministry has said that efforts will be made to fill up 50% of the teaching positions at the institute with faculties from outside the Jammu and Kashmir.

According to a news report the Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry assured a delegation of students that met the minister
that 50% teaching positions would be filled up with teachers from outside the state but insisted that the ministry cannot force any teacher to join NIT-Srinagar. The ministry also promised fair evaluation of their examination papers and expressed its readiness to look into their demands for action against some of the staff and faculty members accused of discriminating against non-Kashmiri students in the institute.

The ministry, however, remained firm on its stand that no outstation student will be shifted from NIT-Srinagar campus, maintaining that such a move, if accepted, would have “larger implications,” a student privy to the last week’s meeting of NIT-Srinagar delegation and HRD Minister Smriti Irani said.

Students said more than 70% faculties at the NIT Srinagar were temporary staff. “The institute has never taken a sincere effort to fill up teaching posts with permanent faculties.

NITs told to focus on social welfare aspect

NEW DELHI : On October 29, 2015 the President Mr Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a two day conference of the directors of National Institutes of Technology (NITs) at Rashtrapati Bhavan here and asked the NITs to pay attention to the social welfare needs of the society.

The conference, a second one, of Directors of NITs during the present Presidency is part of the regular, focused interaction the President has been having with Central Universities, IITs and IISERs in his capacity as Visitor to these institutions.

Speaking at the conference he called upon all NITs to deepen and broad-base their involvement with society. He said their work must find resonance with the needs and aspirations of our people.

Referring to the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana launched by the Prime Minister recently he said that the NITs should adopt at least one village each and transform them into model villages worthy of replication across the country. They must source, if required, experts from other Central institutions to provide solutions to the wide mosaic of issues that such a transformation to model villages will entail.

The President asked NITs be at the forefront of bridging the digital divide, income asymmetries and rural-urban differentiation in the country, especially, in view of the ‘Make in India’ and the ‘Digital India’ initiatives unveiled by the Government. He said NITs can and need to be the connecting force between rural innovations, local employment and world class manufacturing.

The President congratulated NITs for their contributions to research and innovation. He said given the right environment our scientists and technologists are second to none in the world. He stated that NITs have emerged as front runners in imparting quality scientific and technical education in India. The need now is for the NITs to undertake a synergetic collaboration with similar institutions in the country and abroad as also forge greater horizontal linkages with them at multiple levels of contact.

The President said economic growth and educational progress share a symbiotic relationship. "Our engineers and scientists are vital to the process of national development. In today’s context, urbanization, water supply, sanitation, environment protection, efficiency in delivery of healthcare and education call for innovative solutions. Our engineers and scientists must
be equipped to address new-age problems with new-age answers. Technical institutions like NITs should nurture world-class, professionally-competent engineers who will not only take India to new heights in technology but also improve the quality of life of our countrymen", he said.

The President said Directors of the NITs must provide bold, innovative and inspiring leadership. Every NIT must institutionalize quality assurance and sustenance measures in all academic and administrative processes. The key areas of focus have to be engagement of quality faculty, innovation and research, excellence in teaching, industry linkages and social responsibility.
NITs must aim to attract the best engineering talent in the country and transform them into outstanding engineers, researchers, scientists and teachers.

The President asked NITs to also continue to engage with alumni so as to enable their full contribution to the growth, vibrancy and dynamism of their alma maters.

Pointing out that most of central institutions in the country are facing acute shortage of faculty at all levels, the President said in his recent visit to Norway and Finland, he had called upon the scientists, researchers and academics amongst Indian diaspora to become a part of Indian campuses, either on a full time or a part time basis, as regular, visiting or adjunct
faculty. He expected the Ministry of HRD, in consultation with higher educational institutions, to create an enabling environment for such movements to take place.

NITs demand pay parity with the IIT faculty

NEW DELHI : On April 30 the Rajya Sabha passed the National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010, which declares certain institutions of technology as institutions of national importance and adds five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (established in Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram) as institutions of national importance.

The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on April 15, 2010 and was referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development, which is scheduled to submit its report within two months.

The Bill amends the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007, which declares certain institutions of technology as Institutions of National Importance and provides for instruction and research in these institutions.

The Act has a schedule of institutions declared as institutions of national importance. The Bill adds another schedule to include five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (established in Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram) as institutions of national importance.

The Bill specifies the members of the Board of Governors of each institute. The members include Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Director of the Institute ex officio, Director of one of the Indian Institutes of Technology, and three Secretaries to the government of India.

A Council shall be established for all the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research. It shall consist of specified members including Minister in charge of technical education, Secretary of technical education, chairperson of every Board of the Institutes, and Chairman, University Grants Commission.


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