Cabinet declares 15 IIITs as Institutes of National Importance

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Cabinet declares 15 IIITs as Institutes The fifteen Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) set up under the Public- Private Partnership (PPP) mode has been declared as Institutes of National Importance. The approval of Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public- Private Partnership) Bill, 2017 entitle them to award Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) or Master of Technology (M.Tech) or Ph.D degree as issued by a University or Institution of National Importance.

This consent from the Centre will also enable them to grant degrees to the students in the academic courses conducted by them. “The grant of a formal degree in Information Technology, Engineering or Ph.D will enhance the prospects of the graduating students in the job market and will also enable the Institutes to attract enough students required to develop a strong research base in the country in the field of information technology” Centre said its press release.

The scheme of setting up of 20 new IIITs in Public Private Partnership (IIIT PPP) was approved by the Union Cabinet on 7.12.2010 across the country under PPP mode out of which 15 are already functional in Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh), Guwahati, Vadodara, Kota, Srirangam (Tamil Nadu), Una (Himachal Pradesh), Sonepat (Haryana), Kalyani (West Bengal), Lucknow, Nagpur, Pune, Ranchi, Kottayam, Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) and Dharwad (Karnataka). The first batch of undergraduate students will be passing out in the academic year 2017.

Earlier, these institutes did not have provision to grant degrees to its students but this approval empower them powers to grant degrees, if it gets the Parliament nod.

The cost of each IIIT is Rs128 crore set up under Public Private Partnership mode and is contributed by the Centre, state government and the industry in the ratio of 50:35:15.

Highlights of Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public- Private Partnership) Bill, 2017

  • Introduction of the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Public Private Partnership (IIIT PPP) Bill, 2017;
  • To grant statutory status to the fifteen Indian Institutes of Information Technology in Public Private Partnership and declare them as Institutions of National Importance;
  • To enable these institutions to grant degrees to their students in the academic courses conducted by them
  • There is no financial implication with regard to the proposed IIIT PPP Bill, 2017

Cabinet approves Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public­ Private Partnership)- Click here  or check below pdf.

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