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

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SummaryStudents wishing to enter the premier Indian Institutes of Technology 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.

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 committee’s report, around 500,000 lakh engineering students graduate from India’s 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 master’s level and 80,000 UG students) by around the year 2020. Each year, then, the IIT system will admit 10,000

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