The National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are a group of premier Public engineering institutes of India. On their inception decades ago, all NITs were referred as Regional Engineering Colleges (RECs) and were governed by their respective state governments. NITs were founded to promote regional diversity and multi-cultural understanding in India. Comprising thirty autonomous institutes, they are located in one each major state/territory of India. In 2007,the Indian government declared these schools as Institute of National Importance.
NITs offer degree courses at bachelors, masters, and doctorate levels in various branches of engineering and technology. All NITs are autonomous which enables them to set up their own curriculum.
Admission to NITs was done by erstwhile All India Engineering Entrance Examination, now replaced by Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) conducted across India.
Under the new pattern the admission to NITs, and IITs, will be based on 40 % weightage for performance in Class XII board or other qualifying examinations marks (normalized) and the remaining 60 % weightage would be given to performance in JEE (Main) and a combined All India Rank (AIR) would be decided accordingly. The policy could also be adopted by other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) and participating Institutions. For more info on JEE (Mains) Click Here.