AGARTALA, July 14: About 200 students of Tripura were deprived of getting admission in the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala following the decision of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
Official sources today said, a good number of seats were still left vacant because Centre had increased the cutoff mark from 31 to 100 this year, which created problem in the admission. Tripura Government has also urged the Centre to review the decision of cut off mark to ensure the admission of the students in the institute.
State Higher Education Minister Anil Sarkar had met his Central counterpart Kapil Sibal last month and requested him to bring down the cut off mark at 31 like previous year but despite the assurance, nothing has been done yet.
Officials in NIT said, only 56 students covered by the State quota, which has a capacity of 210, have secured qualifying marks in the AIEEE and may take admission. "A peculiar problem has been created in the case of 19 other students who had secured qualifying marks but forgot to finally lock in their choice of institution by pressing the exit button at the time of online counselling," they informed.
The guardian forum has filed a case in Guwahati High Court, Agartala bench on the issue and the case is scheduled to be heard today. The guardians complained that a powerful caucus in the MHRD and the Central Counseling Board had been trying to fish in troubled waters. (Agencies)