Common counselling for admission to IITs and NITs is likely to start from the coming academic session, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday.
The council of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Technology (NIT) has decided to adopt common counselling for admission to IITs and NITs and other centrally-funded technical institutes, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said.
"The technical committee constituted to sort out the process flow differences between IITs and NITs counselling has inter-alia recommended for joint seat allocation process which is likely to be started from the academic year 2015-16," she said in a written reply.
Addressing the issue of empty seats at various IITs, the Delhi High Court has directed the government to conduct common counselling for all IITs and NITs, starting from the academic year 2015-16.READ MORE:18 central varsity introduce choice-based credit system
The issue of seats in IITs and NITs across the country remaining vacant in successive academic sessions was brought to the High Court through public interest litigation by an IIT professor Rajeev Kumar in 2010 who alleged discrepancies, irregularities in the joint entrance examination conducted by IITs.