Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: Former Union Minister Murli Manohar Joshi on Tuesday assailed the decision of the Human Resource Development Ministry to alter the pattern of admission in National Institutes of Technology from this year.

He termed as “absurd” the MHRD’s decision to admit students to 50 per cent of seats on the basis of national ranking. He asserted that Regional Engineering Colleges were upgraded into National Institutes of Technology with assurance to States that the existing admission pattern would remain.

So far, fifty per cent of the seats in the NITs were allocated to students of the particular State in which the Institute was located and the remaining 50 per cent comprised of students from other States based on their State-level ranking in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination. The purpose was to provide uniform technical competence to all the States.

The earlier system must continue, Mr. Joshi said.