The government had long wanted to initiate the process for NSIT to usher in better courses and promote research.
The transformation of NSIT into a University will accelerate its growth and would expand further its high quality academic and research programmes," Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said.
Sources in the directorate of higher education said the government is currently working on a draft bill to upgrade NSIT -- an autonomous institution run by the Delhi government and affiliated to DU -- to a state university of technical education.
However, Anand Prakash, principal secretary of the directorate of training and technical education, confirmed that efforts are on to upgrade NSIT into a university.
We are trying to find the most non-- controversial way to upgrade NSIT. We do not want a situation similar to that of DCE," Prakash said.
Sources hope things would not go the same way with NSIT as it has been seeking the status of a deemed university for nearly a decade now.
The NSIT and DCE shared a common admission procedure and syllabi till the latter was changed into a university.
NSIT, like DCE, is among the most sought- after engineering colleges in the country.
Sources said the proposal to upgrade NSIT into a university will be placed before the governing body of the college for approval.