Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) may increase their seat intake by 5 per cent from the academic year 2017-18. The decision to expand the seat capacity at the premier institutes was taken in a Joint Admission Board (JAB) meeting held recently, reported The Economic Times. As per the report by the national daily, the seat intake at the 23 IITs (including ISM Dhanbad), is expected to reach 11,110 from the current 10,572. However, any official announcement in this regard is yet to be made. The JAB meeting, attended by all IIT directors, has however witnessed disagreement from the older IITs where directors of these IITs have shared their challenge to increase the seats with the current infrastructure.
“We are in no position to admit extra students despite the government wanting each IIT to increase intake. Even if we build accommodation, classrooms and other infrastructure from government funding, it takes many years to build world-class laboratories which offer state-of-the-art facilities,” an IIT-Kharagpur official was quoted saying to ET.
Earlier, according to another media report, IITs are likely to be given more autonomy in deciding their own course fee structure. According to the report, the Board of Governors of IITs will soon be given full authority to decide their own fee structure. However, it’s still not clear whether this authority will be given to select IITs or all the IITs. At present, fee structure for IITs is decided by the IIT Council, which is chaired by Union Human Resource Development Minister and also includes IIT directors and board of governors.
These developments like the expected expansion in seat intake across IITs and the possibility of giving more autonomy to IITs, appear to be part of the bigger MHRD plan where the ministry seeks to create world class institutions by raising standards of existing institutions of national importance. Under the same plan, the current seat capacity (around 72,000) of IITs in UG, PG and doctorate programmes will also likely be increased to 1 lakh by the year 2020. The MHRD also plans to introduce new regulatory norms for appointment of foreign faculties in IITs.
At present, 23 IITs altogether offer around 10,500 in undergraduate engineering programme. For academic year 2016, seat intake for B.Tech/B.E. programmes at IITs was 10,006.
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