In one of the meeting chaired by the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, the ministry has taken the decision to introduce a "separate bill" to govern the affairs of Indian Institutes for Information and Technology (IIITs) that are functioning under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.
Highlighting the insights that each IIITs should strive to become centre of excellence in the next 3-5 years, the minister said, "We must become real power in software by innovating such new possible utilities."
Crux of the plan by new HRD ministry:
"¢ According to an official statement, separate bill will be prepared to govern the affairs of IIITs that are functioning under the PPP mode.
"¢ The HRD ministry has also decided to increase the intake of foreign students in IIITs and to set up a new secretariat at IIIT Gwalior
"¢ As an interim measure, IIITs under PPP model will apply for the status of deemed university, the statement added.
"¢ As per the IIITs are concerned there are basically two streams of IIITs-- some are government-funded and some under PPP, the minister said all the IIITs should work in collaboration to share best experiments and practices
In the meeting chaired by HRD minister, it was also decided that some initiative would be taken to nurture PhD scholars as future faculty, to provide enough flexibility in status to retain talent as faculty and researchers and to allow MOOCs along with a system of discussion, assessment and evaluation as credit / audit courses
It was also decided to enhance intake of foreign students up to 15 percent as per the existing regulations
The minister has also called for updating of the IIIT curriculum to meet the evolving Information Technology scenario
Prakash Javadekar in an recent interview said that the IIITs, which were introduced during the tenure of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, have played an important role in India becoming a software giant. He added that though India is known as a software giant, it has not come out with popular IT tools like Google, WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter.