More IIT cousins, more seats
The government is thinking of ways to increase seats to offset the OBC quota and here’s one. The HRD ministry plans to introduce parallel IITs, called the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST).
Ministry sources said the government has identified five institutes for branding them as IIESTs.
They are, the Bengal Engineering and Science University, Institute of Technology, Beneras Hindu University, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Andhra University, College of Engineering and Osmania University College of Engineering and University College of Techonology.
These state institutes will be given the grade of ‘institutes of national importance’ and brought under the ambit of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).
“They will offer a mix of science and technology education with emphasis on research,” an official explained.
To be run on the lines of the IITs, the IIESTs will be constituted as institutes of national importance through an Act of Parliament. Like IITs, the admission to new institutes will be on all an India basis and probably through a joint entrance examination.
These institutes, sources say, are in line with the Centre’s reservation policy. “With these institutes, the total engineering seats for central engineering institutes will go up. It will help off-set the impact of the OBC quota on general students,” a government official said.
The decision to grant these institutes the was based on recommendations of the Professor M. Anandakrishnan committee.