Following IIT, NITs have reached out to the government requesting an increase in the implementation of EWS quotas. Rajiv Tripathi, director of NIT-Allahabad, also the head of the Central Seat Allocation Board this year, wrote a letter to the HRD ministry this week on the issue. The Board is responsible for admission to 31 NITs.
In the letter, he said that ensuring social distance in hostels was a challenge and construction of new hostels had stopped due to lockdown.
On June 3, IIT also wrote to the HRD ministry asking for more time to implement the EWS quota.
All centrally funded educational institutions, including IITs, NITs, IIMs, central universities, IISERs and IIITs, need to increase the overall study power by 25 per cent so as not to cut the existing number of seats for SC, ST, OBC and general class students.
An official source said, “To meet the quota, NIT will have to add a combined 7,256 seats in two years. Of the 31 NITs, some applied quotas to undergraduate courses last year.