The NITs (National Institute of Technology) are group of 30 autonomous institutes engaged in imparting higher education in various disciplines of engineering. Out of 30 NITs, 10 have been established in 2010. The NITs were established to promote multicultural academic environment as in NITs, 50% students are from the state in which NIT is located while remaining 50% are from the rest of India.
Nits offer undergraduate, postgraduate program in engineering, doctoral programs, MBA and MCA. The autonomy of NITs facilitates them to decide their own curriculum which keeps them at par with the changing industry trends.
Admission to undergraduate programs is based on All India ranks of AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination). The candidates need to have a minimum pass percentage in Class XII examination in order to apply for NITs.
Nearly 50% admissions are given to students belonging to the state where NIT is located while 50% seats are for candidates belonging to other parts of the country. The institute has 7.5% seats reserved for ST, 15% for SC and 27% for Backward Class. Some seats are also reserved for foreign nationals and NRI candidates.
The institute is making changes in its admission policies so that 50% applicants from remaining parts of India can be admitted based on the All India merit, regardless of any reservations for state candidates.
NITs have been ranked next to IITs in India for their academic standards and are rated above many other engineering colleges.