The HRD ministry on Thursday allowed common counselling from next year for admission to seven Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISERs) along with IITs and NITs.

Though IISERs were keen for common counselling from this year, the ministry said it should not be rushed.

There are 1,120 seats in the seven IISERs — 200 each in the five campuses in Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Trivandrum, and 60 seats each in the newer centres of Tirupati and Behrampur.

Like in the IITs, it has also been decided that 15 per cent of the supernumerary strength of each IISER will be made available to foreign students.

Indian students make it to the IISERs through three routes: by clearing JEE, bagging Kishore Vaigyanik Protshahan Yojna (KVPY) awards and being among the top 1 per cent of each school board, including CBSE.

As for NRI students studying in India and getting admission through one of the three routes, the fee charged will be the same as those taken from Indians.  Foreign nationals will also be allowed admission for post-doctoral research.

Source: Times of india