Indian Institutes of Technology in Delhi and Mumbai is all set to enjoy the freedom of taking decisions on the recruitment, course structure and fee structure on its own. The government granted the Institution of Eminence (IoE) status to IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay on July 09, last month. As an IoE, these institutions have rights to decide its structure for domestic and foreign students’ tution fee and are free to have a flexible course duration and structure.
The ministry of human resource development (HRD) is now considering to free IIT-Delhi and IIT-Mumbai from the IIT Council’s control. A meeting to review the tution fee charged to foreign students has been called on August 21where the matter to free IIT-Delhi and IIT-Bombay from IIT Council’s control will also be discussed.
“We want to remove contradictions. On one hand, as IoEs, the two IITs have extensive autonomy, but, under the IIT Act, they are still bound by the decisions of the IIT Council. This matter could be discussed at the upcoming meeting of the IIT Council on August 21,” said Higher Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam.
The government had granted Institution of Eminence status to total six institutes that include three public colleges and three private colleges. As per HRD Ministry’s announcement, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Mumbai, Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISs) in public sector, and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, BITS Pilani and Jio Institute promoted by the Reliance Foundation are among the colleges of private sector which has got autonomy in a range of activities. They will also receive Rs 1,000 crore from the government in the next five years.