IIT council passes proposal to admit 30,000 non-resident students

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New Delhi | Published: August 23, 2016 8:22:50 PM

The IIT Council today passed a proposal under which an additional 30,000 non-residents students will be allowed to take admission in country's prestigious institute for various courses.

An Indian Express report said that 23 institutions across the country will collectively increase the number of seats in B.Tech, M.Tech and PhD programmes to achieve the goal. (Source:IE)An Indian Express report said that 23 institutions across the country will collectively increase the number of seats in B.Tech, M.Tech and PhD programmes to achieve the goal. (Source:IE)

The IIT Council today passed a proposal under which an additional 30,000 non-residents students will be allowed to take admission in country’s prestigious institute for various courses. The move aims to take the current strength of 72,000 students at IITs to 1,00,000 by 2020. An Indian Express report said that 23 institutions across the country will collectively increase the number of seats in B.Tech, M.Tech and PhD programmes to achieve the goal. IITs will be expected to add close to 4,000 new seats across all BTech programmes — from the current 10,560 to close to 14,000 seats — by 2020, an IIT director had earlier told The Indian Express.

The IIT Council is the highest decision-making body of the premier institutions. The addition of 30,000 students will be the biggest increase in seats across IITs since the OBC quota was implemented. The number would be gradually increased by 10,000 per year, so that it can reach 1 lakh by 2020. The increase in number will not compromise on the teaching process and would be subject to availability of adequate teaching facilities.

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