Almost a month after Union Government granted the Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) status to IIT-Delhi and IIT-Bombay - two leading Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) - the Human Resource & Development (HRD) Ministry is mulling over freeing them of the control of IIT Council, the highest decision-making body of all the IITs. Headed by the HRD Minister, the council is likely to meet on August 21. IIT Council is responsible of coordinating the activities of all 12 IIT institutes in India and also advises them on matters related to fee, duration of courses, and guidelines for recruitment, scholarships and others.
Both the institute, along with Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Birla Institute of Science and Technology (BITS), and proposed Jio Institute by Reliance Foundation, were granted 'Institutions of Eminence' by the government. The institutes selected under IoE enjoy complete academic and administrative autonomy i.e. they will be free to set their own curriculum, fix fees for foreign students and recruit foreign faculty.
In case of IITs, it is IIT-council who makes decisions regarding fees and course duration and under the IIT Act, both the institutes are bound to follow its decisions. "We want to remove contradictions. This matter could be discussed at the upcoming meeting of the IIT Council,” Higher Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
Apart from this, the IIT Council is likely to discuss INSPIRE faculty (IF) programme which aims at recruiting awardees to host institutions. The programme was implemented by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in 2011. "The IIT Council is the right forum to bring the issue of INSPIRE Faculty fellows with all the stakeholders and the minister present,” Subrahmanyam had said.