The Delhi high court on Friday directed the HRD ministry and the IITs to have common counselling for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) from next year.
The court also directed the HRD ministry and IITs to submit a report on or before November 30, 2014 on whether a provision for lateral entry into IITs in second year from the students of NITs and other engineering colleges can be made.
Last year more than 200 IIT seats had remained vacant. Every year hundreds of seats remain vacant in IITs mainly because of some unpopular courses for which there are few takers. The court gave the directive on an interim application, filed in a pending PIL, by Rajeev Kumar through lawyer Prashant Bhushan.
It had been alleged in the plea that IITs have been opposing the suggestion that a common database be prepared of all the candidates who clear the IIT and the NIT entrance examination.