If all things go according to the plan then the number of intake in the country's prestigious institutes may increase to 1 Lakh by 2020. The council is already considering a proposal under which additional 30,000 NRI students will be allowed to study.
According to the official spokesperson "the meeting of the IIT council, which is scheduled to take place on August 23, the proposal suggesting in-take of non-resident students will be discussed."
"Right now, IITs admit up to 72,000 students in their undergraduate, post graduate or doctorate courses which are residential. However, it is being mulled that students, who will not stay in hostels should be admitted to these institutes," a source said.
The source further added "Rather than create infrastructure for hostel accommodation of 30,000 additional students, which will also take considerable time to come up, it is proposed to increase the intake of more talent by taking in non-residential students.The increase will be without compromising on the teaching process and would be subject to availability of adequate teaching facilities.
Other sources said "Among other key proposals that the IIT council is going to consider is project 'Vishwajeet', which seeks to provide assistance to top 7 IITs to boost their international ranking. Another move relates to campus recruitment of PhD students from IITs with an eye to fill up vacancies."