The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill 2016 has been passed by the Lok Sabha as the bill now allows six IIT's in the nation Palakkad, Goa, Dharward and Bhilai, Jammu and Tirupati.
On Monday, Union Human Resources Development Minister (HRD) Prakash Javadekar expressed happiness as the bill was passed. This bill also directs to bring the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, within the ambit of the Act. He also introduced several initiatives taken by the government for the welfare of the students. During the session, he announced that the ministry has formed High Education Financial Agency (HEFA) to upgrade the infrastructure. Also, the government has started online programme IIT-PAL. This initiative will address the issue of high fee of IIT coaching class entrance exam.
In the trail of initiatives, he mentioned about, 'Sabko Shiksha Acchi Shiksha' which means good Education to All has taken a number of efforts in increasing the standards of education for students across the country. He said, "The funding in IITs have gone down, saying this year, the government has allocated Rs 4035 crore to the IITs as against Rs 3855 crore the last year. The government is ready to reduce its control but the industry has to accept a larger responsibility.Education must be inclusive. But those capable of paying must pay. You should not oppose when rich are being asked to pay. 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 and NITs. He said, those whose family income is below Rs 9 lakh per annum also get zero per cent education loan.
He also mentioned, "The government has been working to provide Wi-Fi connectivity of 1 GBPS network to all universities in the country which will slowly be extended to the colleges affiliated to it as well in next two years. In Central universities, this facility will be extended to classrooms, canteens, hostels."
Various new initiatives and IIT's will definitely help the students of the nation in developing the global standards and raising the quality of education. Brainbuxa will keep you updated on such news across the nation. For more, take a halt at Brainbuxa.