The Board of IIT directors has decided to permit National Institute of Technology (NIT) Students to complete their final year degree through the Indian Institutes of Technology.
On Jan 7, the proposal will be placed before the meeting of the standing committee headed by HRD minister M M Pallam Raju. Once cleared, lateral entry into the IITs will alter the landscape of Higher education and ensure that academic high-flyers get access to the best.
This move will works at two levels. one, it will utilize the IIT resources optimally, two, the IITs will be able to attract better students and groom then for their Ph,D programme, thus boosting the count of doctoral fellows.
The suggestion was made by the Anil Kakodkar, and suggested that while intense efforts had been proposed to attract IIT grads into the PH.D programme, it was also necessary to attract students from other top engineering colleges.
The IIT directors who met in Roorkee felt that if India had to be among the tird largest economies of the world, the IIT system would need to grow manifold in terms of research output and the number of Ph.D it produced.
IIT Guwahati Director, Gautam Baruna, said "We also pla to change the time of our Ph,D admissions from February-March to August-September, the timetable followed by American Universities, so that we can tap the brightest students,"
The Kakodkar report recommends that the IITs should aim to take in 2,500 doctorate-seekers every year. The bigger idea is to scale up the count of Ph.D students from less than 1,000 per year now to 10,000 by 2020-25.
How it will work:
The IITs will identify the bright students with a excellent performance in the first three years of their engineering course, look at recommendations from their teachers and evaluate their research potential through an interview.
Once identified, the students will be admitted immediately to an IIT and will complete their B.Tech programme as well as their Ph.D in about five years.
The graduate degree could be awarded by the institute they cam from and the Ph.D in due course by IIT.