NEW DELHI: In order to give more autonomy to
the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), it has been decided that they might
soon be allowed to decide their own fee structure, regardless of the Apex
Council’s recommendations which governs the institution.
According to a source, "The Board of
Governors are likely to be given the authority to decide the fee structure for
the respective IIT. Currently, they are part of the fee deciding process but
are not the final authority.”
Although there is a little ambiguity regarding
whether the new norm will be applied to all the campuses or will be limited to
a few of them.
As per current provisions, The IIT Council
sets the fee structure, being the top decision-making body. This Council is
chaired by the Union human resource development minister and includes directors
and board of governors of each IIT.
The IITs are one of the most esteemed autonomous
public institutes of higher education in India. There are 23 IITs at present
which are located in the following cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur, Guwahati, Kharagpur,
Roorkee, Varanasi, Indore, Chennai, Dhanbad,
Bhilai ,Goa, Dharwad, Jammu, Bhubaneswar,
Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Gandhinagar, Mandi, Patna,
Ropar, Palakkad and Tirupati.
An announcement of the annual fee for
undergraduate courses being raised by 122 percent, from existing Rs 90,000 to
Rs 2 lakh for all new admissions in the current academic session was made in
April by Smriti Irani, former HRD Minister .
to the proposal of a high-level IIT panel, the HRD Ministry has also
taken a call to waive off the total fee for students belonging to SC, ST and
differently-abled categories and also for those hailing from families having an
annual income of less than Rs 1 lakh.