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New Delhi: Studying at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will be expensive by 40,000 from this academic session. The Council of IITs decided to increase the annual tuition fees for undergraduate students to 90,000 at a meeting in IIT-Delhi on Monday.
Announcing the decision, the minister for state for HRD, Pallam Raju said that the fee structure will be reviewed annually and that the revised rates will be applicable for the new entrants only and that the fee-waiver schemes for ST/ST and 25% of the students from economically disadvantaged background will continue.
At present, the annual fee is 50,000. The last fee revision was done in the 2008-09 academic session when the tuition fee was increased from 25,000 to 50,000. An IIT spends 2.25 lakh per annum per student.
Announcing the hike, Raju cited the Anil Kakodkar Committee’s recommendation to make IITs financially independent on nonplan (operation) budgetary support to meet their operating expenditure. “We have enhanced the tuition fee to 90,000 per annum from 2013. Revised rate will be applicable to new entrants of UG programmes and fee will be reviewed every year, but if doesn’t mean that it will be hiked every year. Like the IIMs, we want the IITs to be sustainable and fee is one of the ways,” said Raju. ‘No qualified student will be turned away’
The minister, however, said that no qualified student will be turned away because of financial constraints and “SC, ST students don’t have to pay any hostel or tuition fees. Also 25% of the students whose annual household income is Rs 4.5 lakh or less will continue to get 100% scholarships.”
Publication: The Times Of India Chennai; Date: Jan 8, 2013; Section: Front Page; Page: 1
Among other decisions taken at the meeting are that IITs will train graduates from National Institutes of Technology (NITs) to teach as they pursue their masters or PhDs at IIT. The IITs also resolved to ramp up their Ph.Ds from 3,000 to 10,000 by 2020.
The Council decided to enable top 15% students from NITs for a joint IIT-NIT trainee teacher scheme, whereby the NIT graduates will get teacher training at IITs and simultaneously pursue their master or Ph.D programmes to salvage the shortage of teaching faculty in the country.
Comparing technical research environment in the country, Raju said, “We are third compared to the United States and China in terms of technical PhDs. To boost PhD programmes, we want to increase the number of Ph.Ds in the IITs to 10,000 by 2020 from the present 3,000. We are preparing an enabling framework so that more PhD scholars can join.” The Council, while approving the recommendations of the Empowered Task Force headed by Dr Anil Kakodkar, decided to relax conditions for enrolment into Ph.D programmes in IITs.