A bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, which enabled the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) to grant the degrees in MTech and PhD, as issued by private/autonomous universities.
It also allowed the Indian Institute of Inforamtion Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) in Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) to award the degrees to its students.
Regarding this, a bill was introduced by the HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar in budget session of the March 2017.
Once the law comes into effect, IITDM will become the fifth centrally funded IIT of the nation.
According to the reports from TOI, the proposed law includes the IIITDM, Kurnool, in the IIIT Act, 2014, which confers the status of 'institute of national importance' on the IIITs.
Prakash Javadekar, while replying to a debate on the bill said that the fee for the poor will not increase because of the new measure and reservation law applies to these institutes as it applies to others.
"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.
Apart from fees, research grants and projects will cover the expense of the institutes, the minister said.