Final verdict of Supreme Court is awaited: Nuzvid IIIT director

The fate of students aspiring for a seat in one of the three International Institutions of Information Technology (IIIT) in the State hangs in the balance.

The dilemma over admission process into Basar, Idupulapaya and Nuzvid IIITs has created confusion for those at the helm of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) even as the admission season for a fresh batch is fast approaching. “The final verdict of the Supre Court is awaited. We are hoping that the apex court gives its verdict in favour of the mandal-wise reservation policy as this would safeguard the future of many meritorious students from the rural areas,” Nuzvid IIIT Director Ibrahim Khan told The Hindu.

In a petition filed by a student that he was being denied admission in the IIIT while allowing a seat to another student who had got lesser marks, the A.P. High Court gave a ruling asking the RGUKT not to allow admissions in the IIITs based on mandal-wise reservations.

Fearing that upholding the Hight Court ruling would mean destroying careers, the university authorities had approached the Supreme Court and hope for a status quo in the admission process.

The Hight Court had observed that mandal-wise reservations in the IIITs were incorrect. The university opined that any change in the admission policy would mar the career prospects of several meritorious students from the rural areas. They would stand to lose heavily in terms of an opportunity to join the prestigious course to compete with their peers in the urban corporate institutions.

Integrated course

These centres of excellence offer an ‘integrated' course of six years for students who had passed SSC. These institutions offer dual degrees in engineering with focus on IT and domain specialisations. First two years of the programme are considered as pre-university training.

  • Dilemma over admission process into IIITs has created confusion
  • ‘Hopes apex court verdict in favour of mandal-wise reservation policy'