Wednesday, February 21, 2024

NSF upset by CCB ‘ignorance’

Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has expressed concern that the Central Counseling Board (CCB) was feigning ignorance about the recent decision of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) on additional allotment of seats to states which do not have NITs.
Earlier, during a joint meeting held on June 27, attended by technical education secretaries of various states, MHRD had agreed to allot more seats in NITs from this academic session onwards to the states without a National Institute of Technology (NIT) or highly deficient in technical institutions, under the scheme of “Reservation of seats in Technical Institutions for States/UTs lacking in such facilities.” NSF Education secretary Ahito Achumi informed that the counseling for allotment of seats to the successful students of Nagaland and other Northeastern states had already started from July 4, as per schedule given by CCB and MHRD.
“In such a situation, NSF thinks that the Central Counseling Board (CCB) and MHRD, Delhi, should hold its counseling based on AIEEE in the light of the decision taken and promises made in the meeting held on 27th June 2008,” the Federation suggested. Or, the CCB could postpone the counseling till new directives in the connection of allotment of seats to “States without NITs or highly deficient in Technical Institutions” were made, it added. NSF also said it expected the State government to take some immediate actions so that the successful students from Nagaland of AIEEE would not be deprived of getting opportunities of B. Tech education in NITs from the present academic session.
“This is also to be made clear that NSF can never bear or compromise with the interest of the students of Nagaland in this matter,” the Federation said.
It may be mentioned the Union government agreed to compensate
for the loss northeastern states would suffer by way of reduced seats during implementation of the new admission policy in National Institutes of Technology (NITs). The states that do not have any NIT or technical institution will be compensated by being allocated more seats.
In view of apprehensions expressed by a few of States/UTs which feared loss of seats in NITs to eligible candidates from their States/UTs on account of this policy change, a decision was taken to compensate to the extent possible.
In addition, due consideration would be given for establishment of an NIT in States which do not have an NIT.  The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Act 2007 came into force on August 15, 2007 and 2008 is the first year of admissions in NITs after the NIT Act came into force.

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