New guidelines set by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has made it hard for students to take admission under the Non-Resident Indians (NRI) quota.
Only seven students have admission in engineering colleges this year against a quota of around 100 seats. Last year, the figure stood at 12. Before 2011, 90 students had taken admission under this quota. The unusually high number of students at that time had made the AICTE to sit up and prompted it to come out with new guidelines.
“The AICTE made several changes in rules for children of NRIs. Unlike earlier years, there is no provision for admission to NRI-sponsored students,” said directorate of technical education deputy director Dr B L Reddy.
Hailing changes made by the AICTE, Reddy said several students had taken admission in NRI quota in the past by showing “anyone as their relative.”It was an injustice to students who were cracking the PET, but still not getting admission. Now, new guidelines clearly mentions that only parents can be treated as your first relative,” Reddy said.
According to AICTE guidelines, technical institutions shall be permitted by competent authority for admission in respective states and union territories to admit the NRI students up to maximum of 5% of the total sanctioned intake. For NRI quota seats, only a person who is NRI himself may seek admission and no other candidate without NRI status will be eligible.
Asked about the vacant seats in NRI quota, Reddy said any such vacant seat would be turned into payment seat and this will have to be filled up with selected candidates, the list of which is prepared in keeping with the procedure laid down for admission to technical institutions. Private institutions never approach the authorities for seeking NRI quota facility in their institutions.