IIIT council on lines of IITs & IIMs on the cards

Written by Kirtika Suneja | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 17 2011, 06:56am hrs
The four Indian Institutes of Information Technology will soon have a governing council on the lines of the IITs and IIMs, making the IIITs subject to reviews just like the premier institutes for the first time since their inception. It

comes after the government decided to position the

IIITs differently in the area of IT education to facilitate interdisciplinary research.

These institutes were set up in 1999 and haven't been reviewed till now. Moreover, their curriculum needs to be changed according to modern requirements, said an official from the ministry of human resource development.

Apart from that, the ministry also plans to reposition the IIITs differently from the other institutes of information technology (IT) enabling them to focus on interdisciplinary research.

At present, the four IIITs in the country are in Gwalior, Jabalpur, Allahabad and Kancheepuram.

The official added that there is no formal mechanism for the IIITs to interact with the ministry. The present governing councils of the institutes do not have representatives from the HRD ministry but only from the respective state governments, companies and other public institutes of technology.

In fact, the formation of a council is important because the ministry plans to engage all good quality engineering and science education institutions like IITs, NITs, IIITs

and IISERs that had an annual intake of about 25,000 students in 2010, which is less than 1-2% of the capacity of the total system.

The governments plan to set up 20 new IIITs in the public-private-partnership model is taking longer than expected as private parties are not showing enough interest and are seeking greater functional autonomy. Nasscom, the apex body for the countrys information technology industry, too had suggested private organisations should play

an equal or slightly greater role in bringing investment for the new IIITs.