1. HRD Ministry proposes increase in students intake by 2020; older IITs refuse to add more seats

HRD Ministry proposes increase in students intake by 2020; older IITs refuse to add more seats

The IIT Council — the highest decision-making body of the institute, had given an in-principle approval to the ministry’s suggestion to increase their student strength from 72,000 to 1 lakh over the next three years until 2020.

By: | Updated: October 18, 2016 7:55 AM
iit-ep-l Currently, the country holds 23 IITs out of which the old ones are- Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Madras and Roorkee. While the second generation IITs in Hyderabad, Ropar, Patna, Mandi and Jammu will increase their undergraduate strength 2017 onwards. (Express photo)

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Council met on August 23 to discuss the possibility of increasing students intake as proposed by the HRD Ministry. However, citing stretched resources, from infrastructure to faculty, the seven old IITs have refused to add more seats to their four-year Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) programmes.

The IIT Council — the highest decision-making body of the institute, had given an in-principle approval to the ministry’s suggestion to increase their student strength from 72,000 to 1 lakh over the next three years until 2020. That is, the institutes will collectively aim to add 4,00 B.Tech seats each year until 2020 and 6,000 M.Tech and research seats each year over the next three years.

In a bid to achieve this target, IITs will have to waive off the condition which makes students stay compulsorily on campus.

Currently, the country holds 23 IITs out of which the old ones are- Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Madras and Roorkee. While the second generation IITs in Hyderabad, Ropar, Patna, Mandi and Jammu will increase their undergraduate strength 2017 onwards. All the 23 IITs were asked to assess their capacity and resources and come up with a roadmap on how to achieve the overall proposed hike.

According to The Indian Express, IIT Mandi will add 50 seats by next year; IIT Hyderabad will add 40; IIT Jammu to add 30; IIT Patna 25 and IIT Ropar will add 105 seats. Out of the 23, 20 IITs sent their feedback to the HRD Ministry, of which only 5 completely agreed with the proposal.

None of the seven older IITs is on board as far as increasing undergraduate seats are concerned, said sources. “They are interested in taking in more M.Tech and Ph.D students,” said a source to The Indian Express.

“The older IITs have reached their saturation point as far as admitting B.Tech aspirants is concerned. The onus is now on the newer lot to achieve the B.Tech increase suggested by the government,” said a director of one of the seven older IITs who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

“Hostel accommodation for new students cannot be arranged overnight. We have been asked to admit more non-residential students. But this is not possible for some of the institutes which are located in remote locations. How can IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur and Kharagpur do this? Finding rented accommodation near these institutes is very difficult. Students stay back late in the laboratories. They need to stay on campus,” said another director of one of the seven older IITs, who also did not wish to be identified.

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    ANS
    Oct 18, 2016 at 11:41 am
    Increasing seats in IITs is going to dilute quality. HRD ministry should have no say in the operation of IITs as bureaucratic intervention always leads to decrease in standards in India.
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      K.Jayakrishnan
      Oct 18, 2016 at 3:28 am
      wishful thinking by the HRD ministry. they dont seem to realise the problems faced by just adding seats. loss of quality, stress on faculty and infrastructure. Pure Politics.and cr beaurocracy
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        zaza
        Oct 18, 2016 at 6:28 am
        (stop (loo king at I I Ts as the bes t (option . . ,. (with the kind of fun ding it ge ts a nd the (exper )ience of I ITs, . .. it sho uld h elp th e regi onal insti tutions to gu ide them and up grade their stan dards as well. . stop trea ting the IITs and IIMs as exc(lusive gov(ernment babus whi ch are d id not served little e pur pose to u plift the e ngine(eerin g stand( ards of reg ions whi h they w ere suppo sed to h andle . It con um es funds like a huge univ(ersity and ch(unks out only fe w who ultimate ly go out and serve ot her econ(omies. An y unive rsity c an be g o(od un iversity, if I t sele cts only the b est students . .its like S B I men(tality . . nati(onionalised bank hai to accha hai
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          zaza
          Oct 18, 2016 at 6:27 am
          (stop (looking at I I Ts as the best (option . . ,. (with the kind of fun ding it gets and the (exper )ience of I ITs, . .. it should help the regi onal insti tutions to gu ide them and up grade their stan dards as well. . stop treating the IITs and IIMs as exc(lusive gov(ernment babus which are did not served little purpose to uplift the engine(eering stand(ards of regions which they were supposed to handle. It consumes funds like a huge univ(ersity and ch(unks out only few who ultimately go out and serve other econ(omies. Any university can be go(od university, if it selects only the best students . .its like S B I men(tality . . nati(onionalised bank hai to accha hai
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            zaza
            Oct 18, 2016 at 6:21 am
            . stop treating the IITs and IIMs as exclusive government babus which are did not served little purpose to uplift the engineering standards of regions which they were supposed to handle. It consumes funds like a huge university and chunks out only few who ultimately go out and serve other economies. Any university can be good university, if it selects only the best students . .its like S B I mentality . . nationionalised bank hai to accha hai
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              zaza
              Oct 18, 2016 at 6:26 am
              .. it should help the regi onal insti tutions to gu ide them and up grade their stan dards as well. . stop treating the IITs and IIMs as exclusive g0 vernment babus which are did not served little purpose to uplift the engineering standards of regions which they were supposed to handle. It consumes funds like a huge university and chunks out only few who ultimately go out and serve other economies. Any university can be good university, if it selects only the best students . .its like S B I mentality . . nationionalised bank hai to accha hai
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                zaza
                Oct 18, 2016 at 6:25 am
                it should help the regi onal insti tutions to gu ide them and up grade their stan dards as well. . stop treating the IITs and IIMs as exclusive government babus which are did not served little purpose to uplift the engineering standards of regions which they were supposed to handle. It consumes funds like a huge university and chunks out only few who ultimately go out and serve other economies. Any university can be good university, if it selects only the best students . .its like S B I mentality . . nationionalised bank hai to accha hai
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                  zaza
                  Oct 18, 2016 at 6:24 am
                  s top loo king at I I Ts as the be st op tion . . ,. with the kin d of fun ding it gets and the exper ience of I ITs, . ..
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                    zaza
                    Oct 18, 2016 at 6:25 am
                    st op loo king at I I Ts as the best option . . ,. with the k ind of fun ding it gets and the exper ience of I ITs, . ..
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                      zaza
                      Oct 18, 2016 at 6:21 am
                      stop looking at I I Ts as the best option . . ,.
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                        zaza
                        Oct 18, 2016 at 6:23 am
                        stop looking at I I Ts as the best option . . ,. with the kind of fun ding it gets and the exper ience of I ITs, . .
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                          zaza
                          Oct 18, 2016 at 6:18 am
                          stop looking at I I Ts as the best option . . ,. with the kind of fun ding it gets and the exper ience of I ITs, it should help the regi onal insti tutions to gu ide them and up grade their stan dards as well. .
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                            zaza
                            Oct 18, 2016 at 6:16 am
                            stop looking at I I Ts as the best option . . ,. with the kind of funding it gets and the experience of I ITs, it should help the regional insutions to guide them and upgrade their standards as well. . stop treating the IITs and IIMs as exclusive government babus which are did not served little purpose to uplift the engineering standards of regions which they were supposed to handle. It consumes funds like a huge university and chunks out only few who ultimately go out and serve other economies. Any university can be good university, if it selects only the best students . .its like S B I mentality . . nationionalised bank hai to accha hai
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                              zaza
                              Oct 18, 2016 at 6:14 am
                              stop looking at IITs as the best option . . ,. with the kind of funding it gets and the experience of IITs, it should help the regional insutions to guide them and upgrade their standards as well. .
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                                zaza
                                Oct 18, 2016 at 6:13 am
                                stop looking at IITs as the best option . . ,. with the kind of funding it gets and the experience of IITs, it should help the regional insutions to guide them and upgrade their standards as well. . istop treating the IITs and IIMs as exclusive government babus which are did not served little purpose to uplift the engineering standards of regions which they were supposed to handle. It consumes funds like a huge university and chunks out only few who ultimately go out and serve other economies. Any university can be good university, if it selects only the best students . .its like SBI mentality . . nationionalised bank hai to accha hai
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