IIT annual fees up 80% to Rs.90k, external peer review every 5 yrs

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 8 2013, 07:17am hrs
Students wishing to enter the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will have to shell out more after the government on Monday decided to increase the tuition fee for undergraduate B-Tech courses from R50,000 to R90,000 per year from 2013.

The IIT Council which met on Monday agreed to an 80% hike in tuition fees apart from an external peer review of IITs every five years.

The revised rates will be applicable and the fee may be revised periodically, human resource development minister Pallam Raju said after the council meeting here.

Though the hike in fees is not to the tune of R2 lakh or a four-fold increase as suggested by the Anil Kakodkar committee two years ago, the panel had suggested a peer review, which the government has accepted. The last fee hike was in 2008-09 when it was doubled from R25,000 to R50,000.

Significantly, the Kakodkar committee had suggested that each institute subject itself to a comprehensive institutional review by an internationally eminent group every five years. Such reviews, which will be overseen by the IIT Council, will focus on quality, programmes, their direction and size, working of the institutions and suggestions for change, including new initiatives, the panel report said .

The council also exempted PhD aspirants at IITs and other central and state engineering institutes from taking the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) to apply for a PhD in IITs. Students with a CGPA score of 7 out of 10 would be eligible for a PhD.

As per the committees report, around 500,000 lakh engineering students graduate from Indias engineering colleges, which will cross 1 million in three to four years. Only about 1% of IIT BTechs pursue a PhD at IITs.

The committee had suggested a minimum of 0.6 PhDs per faculty annually, eventually reaching 1 PhD per faculty. On this basis, the committee was aiming at scaling up the IIT system to 16,000 faculty and a 160,000 total student strength (with 40,000 at the PhD level, 40,000 at the masters level and 80,000 UG students) by around the year 2020. Each year, then, the IIT system will admit 10,000 PhDs.

Moreover, the council also allowed 15% students from IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and engineering departments of central universities to pursue PhD in the IITs and simultaneously teach at the NITs.

Once they complete their PhD, they would be eligible to become a permanent faculty member at the NITs, said an official.

In another significant decision, the council said reputed academics from other countries can apply for the post of director and that attendance and contribution of IIT directors would be reviewed by the institutes themselves.

The IIT Standing Council had met in November to approve an 80% hike in the annual tuition fee at IITs from Rs 50,000 to Rs 90,000 per annum with an exemption for SC/ST category students.

Another interesting proposal approved earlier by the Standing Council of IITs is introduction of green programmes in the curriculum, work on green technology, management practice. As part of this initiative, green offices will also be set up on campus.

The recommendations of the Kakodkar panel were being considered by an empowered task force and the standing committee of the IIT Council had met in Mumbai on November 2011, where it had recommended the increase in the tuition fee.


* The last IIT fee hike was in 2008-09 when it was doubled from R25,000 to R50,000

* PhD aspirants at IITs, other select engineering institutes exempted from GATE

* Reputed academics from other countries can apply for the post of director at IITs

* Kakodkar committee had suggested institution review by a globally-eminent group