Parliament Passes Bill Giving National Importance Tag To 5 New IITs

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The parliament on Tuesday, 22nd Sept 2020 passed legislation to
declare the five new IITs in Surat, Bhagalpur, Bhopal, Agartala, and
Raichur as institutes of national importance, thus enabling them to
award degrees under the Indian Institute of Information Technology
Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 which was introduced in the Rajya Sabha by
Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Monday, the bill for
which was passed by Lok Sabha in March 2020.

Nishank said there are 25 IITs in the country, of which five are run
by the Union government and 15 operate under the
public-private-partnership model.

Bringing these five new IITs under this law will make them institutes
of national importance and will thus give them the legal right to
grant degrees, diplomas, and PhDs which they earlier did not possess
under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

This bill will also enable institutes to attracts students from
various streams to develop a strong research base in the field of
information technology. The five IITs, set up on the PPP model, can
now use the nomenclature B.Tech, M.Tech, and Ph.D.

There have been concerns over the fee structure and quality of higher
technical education and its assessment, to which the Education
Minister said that technology is one of the high priority areas for
this government and it is enhancing the adoption of technology across
the sector to raise productivity and standards. “The New Education
Policy along with technology would strengthen the foundation of the
New India,” he added.

Nishank said there are 25 IITs in the country, of which five are run
by the Union government and 15 operate under the
public-private-partnership model.

Bringing these five new IITs under this law will make them institutes
of national importance and will thus give them the legal right to
grant degrees, diplomas, and PhDs which they earlier did not possess
under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

This bill will also enable institutes to attracts students from
various streams to develop a strong research base in the field of
information technology. The five IITs, set up on the PPP model, can
now use the nomenclature B.Tech, M.Tech, and Ph.D.

There have been concerns over the fee structure and quality of higher
technical education and its assessment, to which the Education
Minister said that technology is one of the high priority areas for
this government and it is enhancing the adoption of technology across
the sector to raise productivity and standards. “The New Education
Policy along with technology would strengthen the foundation of the
New India,” he added.

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