The National Institutes of Technology commonly known as NITs are a group of premier federally-funded public engineering institutes in India. These institutions have been declared as Institutes of National Importance alongside the Indian Institutes of Technology IITs by an Act of Parliament of India. These institutes of national importance receive special recognition and funding from the Government of India.
The NIT Council is the supreme governing body of India’s National Institutes of Technology (NIT) system. All 31 NITs are funded by the Government of India. These institutes are among the top ranked engineering colleges in India. The National Institutes of Technology (NITs) have one of the lowest acceptance rates for engineering institutes, of around 2 to 3 percent, second only to the Indian Institutes of Technology IITs in India.
Admission to the under-graduate course (B.Tech) in NITs is through the highly competitive Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains. From 2015, Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSSA) conducts common counselling and allocates seats jointly for all Indian Institutes of Technology -IITs National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs).
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 the erstwhile All India Engineering Entrance Examination, now replaced by Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main) conducted across India.Central Counselling Board(CCB) was conducting the Online counselling for admission into NITs till 2012. It was then replaced by Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) which held the seat allocation process in NITs till 2014. From 2015, Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) allocated the seats in IITs, IIITs and NITs. Joint Seat Allocation Authority 2015 (JoSAA 2015) conducted the joint admission process for a total of 31 NITs. (Ref : en.wikipedia.org)