SHILLONG, Aug 04: National Institute of Technology, Meghalaya, Director, Bibhuti Bhusan Biswal has expressed concern on the low number of takers for the 50 percent seats reserved for students of Meghalaya in NIT and said that he will write to the Central Government to reduce the qualifying percentage for the students.
Speaking at the Tirot Sing Best Students Award organized by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad here in the city on Saturday, Biswal said that that the performance of students in schools and junior colleges in Meghalaya has not been very encouraging.
Biswal also said that 50 percent of the seats in NIT Meghalaya are reserved for the students of the state but the institute is not getting students from the state itself.
Elaborating more, he said that the students have to have certain parameters like clearing Joint Entrance Examination – JEE Main and general students must secure 75 percent in their qualifying exams whereas SC/ST students should secure 65 percent.
Informing that the institute has an intake capacity of 150 students out of which 75 students should be from Meghalaya, he however rued that he is not getting the required students from the state.
He also informed that NIT will increase its intake capacity in Meghalaya from 150 to 600.
He further urged the parents to encourage and the students to work hard and excel. Over 80 students were given awards on the occasion.