MHRD is to set IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay free from control of IIT Council

Hardly a month after issuing the tag of Institution of Eminence (IoE) to the leading institutions, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and IIT Bombay, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is aiming at going ahead with providing these institutions greater autonomy, says an FE report. As per the report, the MHRD is contemplating on giving these two IITs greater freedom to decide on their fee and course structures. Citing an Indian Express report, the FE report said that the MHRD, led by its Minister, Prakash Javadekar is planning to set these two institutions free from the control of the IIT Council.

Big Move

The Ministry is contemplating on taking this big move as the Institutions of Eminence tag that was awarded to the institutes has granted the two IITs greater autonomy in comparison with other higher education institutions, the report elaborates.

As an IoE, IIT Delhi and Bombay should be free to decide their tuition fee for domestic and overseas students. Along with this, now, they can also have a flexible course duration and structure, noted the report. However, they still come under the control of the IIT Council, which has the power to decide tuition fee and course duration for the programmes run by them. The IIT council is headed by the HRD Minister and it is the highest decision-making body for all the IITs. While the MHRD controls the activities of the 23 premiere technical institutes, it also advises them on the matters of fee and course duration, besides laying down policy regarding cadres, the method of recruitment and others.

Dispelling Contradictions

R Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Higher Education said, “We want to remove contradictions. On one hand, as Institutions of Excellence, the two IITs have extensive autonomy, but, under the IIT Act, they are still bound by the decisions of the Indian Institute of Technology Council. This matter could be discussed at the upcoming meeting of the IIT Council on August 21, 2018.  The review of the fee charged to overseas students is on the meeting agenda, and the matter to free the two institutes is yet to be discussed in the same meeting.”

Institutions of Eminence

The University Grants Commission’s ‘Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities Regulations, 2017’ was approved by the Union Cabinet in the month of August 2017. Its regulation is aimed at creating an enabling architecture for ten each of public and private institutions to emerge as world-class institutions since the country has little representation in the international ranking of educational institutions, added the report.

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