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News - Bill Passed - Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) to award degrees for MTech & PhD

A bill was passed by the Lok Sabha, on Wednesday, permitting Indian Institutes of Information Technology to award degrees, including MTech and PhD, as issued by autonomous universities It also allows the Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) in Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) to award degrees to students. The bill was introduced by Mr. Prakash Javadekar minister of HRD during the Budget session in March.

Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing, will be the fifth centrally-funded IIIT, once the law is enacted.

As per TOI report:

  • The proposed law includes Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM), Kurnool, in the principal law Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) Act, 2014 which confers the status of "Institutions of National Importance" on the IIITs. The role of the central government in appointment of chairman of the board of governors and the director to the 15 IITs has been removed.

    Replying to a debate on the bill, Javadekar stressed that the fees for poor will not increase because of the new measure. He also said that the reservation law will apply to these institutes as elsewhere in the country . He said besides fees, research grants and projects will make up for the expenses.
    "There might be a slight increase for those who have the capacity to bear. But for the poor (students), there will be scholarships available," the minister said.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/

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