As per various media reports, Engineering students from the National Institutes of Technology (NIT) will now be able to pursue their PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi without writing the GATE exam.
This new admission policy will become effective from the academic year 2020-21. The only thing required to get direct admission would be scoring a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8 and above by students pursuing their B.Tech from NIT.
According to the Director of IIT Delhi, Mr V. Ramagopal Rao, “NIT students, who have a CGPA of 8 and above in their third year and are interested in research will be able to get direct admission in IIT Delhi for completing their final year here. After that, they can continue to pursue their PhD in the institute.”
Like IIT Delhi, other IITs will also integrate NIT students in the near future. To facilitate this exchange of students, MoUs will have to be signed between IITs and NITs.
“The idea behind getting NIT students into the IIT is to improve the research culture. We want students who have the potential for research to join our institute. The NITs also get benefitted from this because their students get direct admission in PhD,” said Mr Sandeep Chatterjee, registrar of IIT-Delhi.
To start with their PhD programs, NIT students will be required to spend a minimum of six months or complete a project with the IIT during their last year of B.Tech.
When it comes to quality education, research and infrastructure, there are 31 NITs in India that are considered to be second to the seven IITs.