The board of IIT directors have decided to allow NIT students to complete final year.
The board of Indian Institute of Technology directors has decided to permit National Institute of Technology (NIT) students to complete their final year in an IIT. According to reports, the proposal in this regard will be placed before the meeting of the Standing Committee headed by HRD minister M M Pallam Raju.
According to plans, the initiative will work at two levels: one, it will utilize the IIT resources optimally; two, the IITs will be able to attract better students and groom them for their PhD programme, thus boosting the count of doctoral fellows. The suggestion was made by the Anil Kakodkar committee in its April 2011 report titled 'Taking IITs to Excellence and Greater Relevance'.
The committee has also suggested that while intense efforts had been proposed to attract IIT graduates into the PhD programme, it was also necessary to attract students from other top engineering schools. "The NITs, along with some of the better engineering education institutions, should become important feeders of quality graduates into post-graduate and research programmes, including at the IITs," the report said.