Eyeing to increase their total intake to one lakh by 2020, IITs have decided to raise the number of seats in various courses for admitting "non-resident students".
In a meeting of the IIT Council, chaired by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, "in-principle" approval was given to the proposal for admitting non-resident students, according to senior officials. The authorities of different IITs will now fix the number of additional students they can accommodate.
About the new plan
- "At present, the IITs have around 72,000 students in their undergraduate, postgraduate or doctorate courses which are residential. However, it is now planned that students, who will not stay in hostels, should be admitted to these institutes," an official said.
- The plan is to raise the number by 10,000 per year so that the number of IITians touches 1 lakh by 2020, the official said. There would be an increase of 4,000 seats in undergraduate courses and 6,000 seats in postgraduate and Ph.D course to accommodate these students, an official said.
The scheme is to help IITs to gain top ranks:
- The council also approved the scheme 'Vishwajeet' that will help IITs to secure top ranks globally.
- The government has received inputs from various quarters on the draft of new education policy and a workshop would soon be organised in this regard, said Javadekar. He said education is a subject beyond politics and the government is willing to listen to all views on the issue.