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IITs To Be Rebranded As Research Hubs

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IITs To Be Rebranded As Research Hubs
A committee has been set up by the HRD Ministry to construct a roadmap for implementing IIT reforms. The committee will consist of Anil Kakodkar, head of the committee; Ashok Jhunjhunwala from IIT Madras, IIT's standing committee chairperson; Decang Khakhar, IIT director; RK Shevgaonkar, IIT Delhi director. In addition to this, another IIT director will be appointed later.

Sources from the HRD Ministry revealed that Kakodkar committee prepared an extensive report covering numerous issues. Several recommendations require legislative intervention and required amendments have to be made in the Institutes Of Technology Act. Certain academic issues are also present in the report, which have to be dealt by the IITs collectively. The implementation committee is expected to act as an interface between the IITs and the Ministry. Government intervention will be required in issues such as change in the fee as well as administrative structure, signing of MOU between IIT and HRD Ministry and Financial autonomy.

The IIT Council has accepted most of the points recommended by the Kakodkar committee. One of the recommendations that the committee made was re-branding IITs primary research institutes for fetching up number of PhD graduates from 1000-10000 by 2020-25. The committee also recommended increasing the number of IITs from 15-20.

The committee also decided to set up research parks at every IIT similar to IIT Madras. The other suggestions made by the committee were that government should provide the old IITs with an outlay of Rs. 1.5 lakh student. In addition, every new IIT should be provided with Rs 50 crore. Moreover, in the report, government was asked to give capital funds of Rs. 20 lakh per additional student. Another important recommendation mentioned was that the ministry should pay the entire operating cost of education including scholarships for all Post graduate students pursuing M.Tech, MS and Ph.D degree and for all Undergraduate students coming from economically backward sections.

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