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.


 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.

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.


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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