The students of old Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has demanded that the HRD minister should look at developing the old IITs before establishing new IITs.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani has announced that she plans to set up 8 new IITs across the nation, but this decision has been questioned by the many of the officials and IIT students.
IIT students have already started an online petition to which seeks to re-look the old IITs and then think about new IITs. More than 6,000 petitions were filed online.
In the petition the students have mentioned that, the HRD ministry first has to strengthen and upgrade the infrastructural facilities in the old IITs. After achieving this, the ministry can think about establishing new IITs.
These students have started sharing this issue in the social networking sites to take the nationwide support.
According to the reports, around 6,591 posts were sanctioned in the existing IITs. Out of these, only 4,079 posts were filled. These faculty positions include teachers on visiting, adjunct as well as on contractual basis.
Another reports says that the IITs which were established in 2009 don't have a permanent campus to run the college. Thus, these existing IITs are facing so many difficulties.
If HRD ministry agrees to set up new IITs, these will also face similar problems.
The average capacity for each IIT is around 1,000 students, whereas the eight IITs which were set up in 2009 have limited their capacity to 500. This implies that these eight IITs are operating at half their potential due to a lack of quality faculty and essential infrastructural facilities. Students face difficulties in terms of hostels, laboratories, classrooms, etc. as well.
The central government had already approved Rs 12,500 crores to the IITs which was established in 2009, under 12th five-year plan.
Some reports says that, new IITs will require additional amount of Rs 6,000 crores to be set up.