Though the Indian higher education
institutions fail to make a mark at the world rankings, the IITs remain one of
the few bright spots on the Indian higher education scene. It is the
institute’s ability to adapt to the changing times that has ensured that it
retains its top billing. Now in the latest such change, the HRD (Human Resource
Development) ministry has decided to allow non- resident students in the IITs –
a move high opposed by the IIT insiders.
The insiders believe that having day
scholars as under graduate students at the IITs would change the complete
character of the institutes. One of the major reasons behind this drastic move
is the ministry’s endeavour to increase the strength of the IITs to 1 lakh
students by the year 2020.
About this decision by the ministry, one of
the Directors of the IIT said, "IIT is also about the larger
environment of free debate and liberal atmosphere. Moreover, our undergraduate
courses are most sought after.” He said that he won’t mind having day
scholars at the postgraduate and doctorate levels.
Lack of enthusiasm towards this latest move
by the HRD is common across all the IITs. In the battle between the institutes
and the ministry, only the time would determine the eventual winner. One can
only hope that whatever be the outcome, the students benefit from it.