In response to the vacant seats in IITs, the division bench of Delhi High Court (HC) headed by Justice G Rohini directed the HRD ministry to submit a status report on the same. The Ministry is asked to submit its report by 4 February 2015.
The HRD ministry and IITs have agreed for a common counseling for NITs and IITs for the academic session 2015-16. However, the Joint Admission Board of IITs is not in favor of recommending conversion of SC/ST category vacant seats into general category on account of applicable rules and rulings by the Supreme Court. The Lateral entry from various NITs and other engineering colleges into the second year of IITs has also not been supported by JAB, as there has to be another entrance examination at the end of the first year, in addition to addressing the common first year curriculum, credit transfer etc. which are in the purview of the individual senates of IITs. The JAB feels that minimizing the vacancies has nothing to do with the lateral transfer as it only accounts the movement of students from one institute to another.
In the last year, HC had told HRD to look after the common counseling for admissions to various NITs and IITs and also to implement the same from the academic year 2015-16. HC has also asked the HRD ministry and IITs to consider the fact that whether the unfulfilled reserved seats could be given up to the general category students. The government was asked to take decision regarding the matter by 30 November 2014.
Petitioner Rajeev Kumar has suggested the formation of a common board having representatives from IITs, NITs, CBSE and the implementing agency- National Informatics Centre/CDAC. The board should have a web-portal which could work as an interface for the candidates who are going to take admissions in IITs and NITs.
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