Students joining the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) will now have to pay an annual fee of Rs90,000 for the undergraduate programme, as opposed to the existing Rs50,000 annually.
The major hike was approved at the 46th meeting of the IIT Council at IIT New Delhi onMonday. It will be applicable to all new admissions in the 2013 academic session, in all the 16 IITs across the country.
The hike will not affect those from the SC/ST quota, HRD minister M Pallam Raju said. It would also not affect the 25% students who get a full scholarship as their parents’ annual income is less than Rs4-5 lakh.
Explaining other decisions taken at the council meeting, Raju said all IITs will now have to undergo an internal as well as peer review every five years so as to ensure ‘accountability’. The review would be done by a selected member committee comprising those from academia and industry. Measures would be taken to give a boost to PhDs with the goal of 10,000 PhDs by 2020. Currently, the number of PhDs is 3,000.
To meet faculty shortage, a trainee teacher scheme was also approved. The scheme is open to all graduating students who are in top15% in Centrally Funded Technical Institutes. Under the scheme, these students would be engaged as trainee teachers and would parallelly pursue their Masters and PhDs.