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74 seats vacant at NIT Tripura
Published on 18 Sep. 2008 12:13 AM IST
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At a time when students continue to run from pillar to post for admissions to medical and engineering colleges across the country, altogether 74 seats are vacant in NIT Tripura because of the state's remoteness and lack of proper infrastructure at the institute. According to a report in Telegraph, the director of NIT, B.K. Basu has already obtained permission from the central counselling board (CCB) and ministry of human resource development to issue advertisements in national newspapers inviting applications for filling up the vacant seats. Of the 74 vacant seats, 12 belong to Tripura's quota of 110 in the NIT's annual intake of altogether 420 seats. Apart from the remoteness of the state and lack of infrastructure, the confusion over admission of students under the OBC quota has also resulted in such a large number of seats remaining vacant. "When we found altogether 74 seats remaining vacant across various disciplines, I apprised the central counselling board and they in turn brought this to the notice of the director, Union ministry of human resource development. I have been permitted by the authority to float advertisements in newspapers to fill up the quota in the interest of NIT's national status", Basu said. Disclosing that even last year 48 seats had remained vacant, Basu attributed the non-fufilment of admission quota to students, both within the state and outside, opting for admission in institutions having better infrastructure after initially securing admission in NIT, Tripura. Basu refused to comment on the admission of students belonging to the OBC category saying "the matter is sub-judice". Regarding infrastructure problems, he said "We have deposited Rs 22 lakh with BSNL for broadband connection and work is on to set up six hostels for students, general staff, residential quarters for teachers and a digital library". Apart from this, the NIT has now in possession only 270 acres of land and the state government has been requested for allotment of 600 more acres.

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