The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will mentor at least five engineering colleges located in its vicinity, in order to improve the quality and standard of engineering education in the country.
The decision was taken during the 52nd Meeting of the Council of IITs, which was held under the Chairmanship of Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on August 20, 2018.
Key decisions of the Council
• The council decided that the IIT – PAL, which has been designed to help the students in preparing for the JEE Advanced Exam, would be further extended and made available along with handholding support through the SWAYAM portal.
• It decided that the IIT will mentor at least 5 engineering colleges located in its vicinity in order to improve the quality and standard of engineering education in the country.
• It also decided that there will be no revision in the tuition fee being charged from the undergraduate students in IITs.
• The council also did not consider any further changes in the JEE (Advanced) system.
• Further, it was decided that the IITs will organise an annual ‘Tech-Fest’ demonstrating various innovations and technologies developed by them, at any suitable venue with participation from CEOs from leading public/private sector organisations.
• Besides, the boards of Governors of the individual IITs have been empowered to decide the fee for international students.
The council approved the constitution of a committee comprising Directors of IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad and IIT Tirupati to recommend standards and norms for construction of campuses and infrastructure projects in IITs.
The council also decided that the service matters of non-faculty staff in IITs will be decided by the respective Board of Governors of IITs subject to their conformity with the instructions issued by the Government of India from time to time.
Further, the issue of vacant seats in MTech programmes in IITs due to students joining Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) after being admitted will be addressed in a meeting with the CMDs of major PSUs to be held under the chairmanship of the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar.
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