The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The new IITs will be set up in Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), Goa, Jammu, Palakkad (Kerala) and Dharward (Karnataka). The establishment of these new IITs will take the total number of IITs to 22.
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government has formed High Education Financial Agency (HEFA) to upgrade the infrastructure. He further said, “Students from the ST and SC communities, from the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category and physically challenged have full waiver of fees in the IITs.”
The cabinet further gave its approval for operationalisation of these IITs initially by forming of Societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in order to give a legal status to them till the amendment for their incorporation in The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 is enacted. The new IITs will be operated from their temporary campuses for the initial period of three years before shifting into their permanent campuses in the fourth year. Each IIT will have a sanctioned strength of faculty members, with a faculty-student ratio of 1:10.
This move by the union is indeed appreciable as it will balance the demand supply mismatch in the IITs. The 16 existing IITs admit a total of 10,000 students at the undergraduate level while 12,00,000 students registers for the AIEEE mains, this clearly shows stark imbalance. With the new IITs the intake will go up by at least 1100 seats.
The IIT brand name is globally respected. Expansion of IITs will increase the talent pool of technically-trained people. This talent pool is vital for the manufacturing boom and the rapid expansion of the software and IT sector.
Moreover, the new IITs will be built with state-of-the-art infrastructure of international standards. Researchers will flock to these campuses once they realise the state-of-the-art facility being provided. The government is also planning to make the campus insulated from politics, which will ensure uninterrupted flow of quality education.
Establishing new IITs will be a big boost for higher education and will ensure quality technical higher education available throughout the nation.