NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has approved a bill to upgrade the Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, currently affiliated to Delhi University, into a separate state university. The government gave its nod to the bill in a cabinet meeting on Monday and it will be tabled in the assembly session beginning Tuesday.
“Up-gradation to university status will result in considerable increase in the intake of students at UG, PG and PhD levels over a period of time,” the Delhi government said in a statement.
The government said that granting the state university status to the NSIT is in consonance with the spirit of recommendation of the National Knowledge Commission (NKC), which has emphasized creation of synergy between education and research in the higher technical education institutions.
“This will benefit the students of Delhi as presently we are only able to admit around 3,000 students in various courses. But after becoming a state university we will be able to expand and admit around 12,000 students in BTech, MTech and PhD courses,” said Yogesh Singh, director of NSIT.
At present, the number of students at the undergraduate level is 832, at the postgraduate and PhD level 69 and 30 respectively. It has a total strength of about 3,500 students.
However, the move has been criticised by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) which said that since NSIT is affiliated to DU hence the matter should first go to the University’s Executive Council for approval. “We are opposed to any such move to take NSIT out of DU and make it a state university. This is against the DU Act,” said Nandita Narain, president DUTA.
But Singh rejected such apprehensions and said that NSIT has a Memorandum of Association and any the move to give it the university status would not go against the DU Act. “NSIT has a MoA with Delhi University and after becoming a separate university we will only be a teaching and research university,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, Delhi University officials said that they were not aware of the development. “I am not aware of this development so I cannot comment,” said Sudhish Pachauri, DU’s pro vice-chancellor.
The Delhi government cabinet has passed a proposal to upgrade Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT) to the university level. This will be the second engineering institute under Delhi University , a Centre-run body , to be upgraded, the first being Delhi Technological University (formerly Delhi College of Engineering).
The reasons for upgrading NSIT state that the academic institution will promote undergraduate and postgraduate education, continuing education, training and research in engineering, technology , sciences, humanities and social sciences and management.Also, multi-level entry vertically and a system of flexible migration in the disciplines horizontally within or beyond the university will be allowed. The varsity will even promote education programmes with industry and R&D organizations for offering tailormade courses “keeping in view societal needs.“
Apart from adding another feather in the cap of Delhi government, upgrading of the institute's status to a university will considerably increase the intake of students at UG, PG and PhD levels over a period of time (approximately 12,000 students on the campus as against strength of around 3,500 at present). The move will also increase opportunities of Delhi-based students who otherwise have to seek education avenues outside. It will also create of a much larger pool of competen faculty, professional engineers and researchers, which make a significant contribution towards making Delhi the `Technological Capital' of India.
Established in 1983 by the then Delhi administration as Delhi Institute of Technology , it was granted administrative autonomy in 1986 to manage the affairs of the institute effectively. The ultimate goal was to make it a university .The name of Delhi Institute of Technology was changed to Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology on February 13, 1997.
The Delhi government said that budgetary allocation to the education sector is to go up significantly. The government is also working on a draft bill to create a system to regulate fee structures of schools and it was brought up before the cabinet on Monday . The bill was expected to be introduced this session, but following reservations over certain clauses it has been withheld.