Like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), now National Institutes of Technology (NITs) have increased the fee structure for B.Tech, M.Tech and MCA courses.
It has been noted that NITs have increased fee from Rs 35,000/- to Rs 70,000/- per year. The increased fee will be effective from next academic session 2014-15.
Earlier in 2013, the IITs had implemented an increase in tuition fees from Rs 50,000 to Rs 90,000 for undergraduate (UG) programs.
The fee structure in all 30 NITs is not the same. In some NITs, fees are lower than Rs 30,000/- per year.
Hence, the fee hike is being enforced to bring uniformity in the fee across NITs.
A hike in fees had been recommended by many committees and one such recommendation was that a minimum of 50% of the salaries of faculty members needs to be generated from the institutes themselves. As per sources, the fee increase will be implemented with an aim to convert the NITs into autonomous bodies.
According to the NIT Council, 10% of the "non-creamy' considered students belonging to the Other Backward Classes (OBC) should get a waiver of 50% in fees. As per NIT officials, fee-waiver is expected to be on the basis of merit. It was also decided that fees for students under Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) category should not be increased, as per sources.
NIT council also wants to achieve accreditation from the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). It was opposed by IITs.
NITs are also planning to launch a website, where students and their parents, and faculties can discuss about the Institute's rules and regulations.