Students vexed over varied admission procedures adopted by each institute

Student spends Rs. 25,000 just on applications

GATE score also not uniform to all IITs or NITs

HYDERABAD: Cracking the entrance examinations of IITs and NITs is a test for students’ abilities and competence but a much tougher test for successful students is the “time-consuming and money-wasting” admission process of these top technological institutes of the country.

The absence of a centralised admission procedure for M. Tech (post-graduation) programmes of all the Indian Institute of Technology and National Institute of Technology (IITs/NITs) is testing the patience and also the luck of students apart from leaving a big hole in their pockets.

As each institute conducts separate admissions for their M.Tech programmes, students end up applying to all the institutes separately spending lots of money on applications and travelling.

If students want to apply to four to five institutes, they end up spending nearly Rs. 25,000 on applications, travelling and other expenses.

More painful is the clash of admission dates limiting the choice of students.

Solution

“The solution to overcome these problems is a centralised admission system for all the P.G. courses in these institutions,” suggests Dande Sriramulu, a parent.

Admissions for PG courses in IIT’s and National Institute of Technology’s are based on the All- India GATE score, B.Tech marks and an interview with every institute adopting its own method.

Some IIT’s and NIT’s go strictly by GATE score, some prefer a combination of GATE scores and the interview while a few others consider all the three scores.

This has created lot of uncertainty among the aspirants.

“It is illogical that a student who has qualified GATE that is conducted by one IIT needs to appear for another exam conducted for admission into the same branch,” opines Mr. Sriramulu.

Deepika, a student of JNTU also expresses a similar opinion when she says, “a uniform procedure and centralised process will give a fair chance to every applicant. In the present system, the choice is limited.”

She feels a uniform admission procedure of GATE score and first class in B. Tech would be ideal.

Consensus

“This is a genuine issue and was discussed by the directors of various NITs. In principle we agreed for a centralised admission process but it is not finalised. It might take some shape before this year’s admissions,” says G.R.C. Reddy, Director, NIT-Calicut.

JNTU Vice-Chancellor K. Rajagopal says IITs and NITs are independent bodies with varied courses and admission procedures but suggests that they can take up the responsibility by rotation after introducing centralised admissions.