Former Atomic Energy Commission’s chief Anil Kakodkar has been handed over the task to review the functioning of National Institutes of Technology. The decision was taken in a recently held meeting of NIT Council under the Chairmanship of HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. Earlier Kakodkar has reviewed the functioning of IITs and suggested various reforms to improve the system.
Sibal suggested that a thorough review of 30 NITs should be done as the NIT system is going to complete a decade of its existence. It was also decided in the meeting that foreign students can now take admission in NITs through AIEEE on-line examination.
Two committees were set up to look into the implementation of centralized PG admissions on the pattern of UG admissions and to provide merit scholarship to deserving UG students.
Stressing on the need of greater interaction between Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and NITs, Sibal said Directors and Chairpersons of such institutions should network and must meet once a year to discuss larger issues connected with technical education and research.
The Council also reviewed admission policy for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In particular, foreign student admission through DASA and centralized M.Tech admission were considered. Sibal said the government wanted a single national level examination test for admission to all engineering institutions. The Ramasamy Committee would be submitting its report by September 2011 on this subject.
The reports of various committees set up by the Council earlier were considered and approved for implementation.
Sibal re-affirmed the support of the ministry to the NIT system in general and to ten new NITs in particular for the development of infrastructure and recruitment of faculty and staff.