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 told to focus on social welfare aspect

NEW DELHI : On October 29 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.

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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