Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are looking at various options to make themselves better in terms of student strength and funds. A couple of months ago during an IIT council meeting headed by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, the nod was given to accomodate non - residential students into undergraduate and post graduate programs in a move to increase the total student strength to one lakh by 2020.
However, some of the IIT branches came up with challenges like lack of infrastructure and funds to achieve that goal. Seven IITs from Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Madras and Roorkee denied to agree with the idea.
In a fresh development, most of the IIT directors have expressed their disinterest towards the idea as the non -resident students might not reflect the brand of IIT when it comes to their shaping. Students have to be nurtured in the ecosystem of the beautiful campus in order to be a complete IITian, some of them feel.
One of the directors said, ''IIT is also about the larger environment of free debate and liberal atmosphere. Moreover, our undergraduate courses are most sought after." Nevertheless, there is more opposition to have non-resident students at an undergraduate level as that would be a hindrance to a wholesome education.
Another director has suggested that in order to generate income to help the poor students to meet their hostel expenses, the maintenance of the hostel can be outsourced to a third party who can pay a commission to the college and charge the students at market rate. The management is looking at more options to arrive at a feasible solution for all their requirements.