Union Cabinet has permitted to establish 6 new IITs [ Current Affairs ]

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The proposal of 6 new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) across the country has been approved by The Union Cabinet. They will be set up in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala and Karnataka.

Key facts:

  • In the first year of each new IIT will have an initial opening with 180 students and ratio of faculty-student will be 1: 10, each IIT will have a certified Faculty.
  • And In the second year the strength of students would increase to 450 and successively in the third year it would be 928 which includes 840 Undergraduates, 80 Postgraduates and 8 PhD.
  • In the initial period of 3 years the function will be temporary campus and in future it will shift to permanent campuses in the 4th year for each new IIT.
  • Under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 the Union Cabinet also gave approval for these new 6 IITs primarily by forming of Societies.
  • This establishment has main aim to give legal status to enact till the improvement in The Institutes of Technology (IIT) Act, 1961 for their incorporation.

Background:

  • Presently, according to IIT Act, 1961 there is no any no provision to enable establishment of new IITs.
  • So for formation of every new IIT it is necessary representation of amendment to the Act from the Parliament

- Published on: December 3, 2015