New Delhi: If things go according to plan, the prestigious IITs may admit up to one lakh students by 2020.
The IIT council will consider a proposal according to which 30,000 additional non-resident students will be allowed to study in these institutes in the next three years.
According to sources, in the meeting of the IIT council, which is scheduled to take place on August 23, the proposal will be discussed which suggests taking in non-resident students.
"Right now, IITs admit up to 72,000 students in their undergraduate, post graduate or doctorate courses which are residential. However, it is being mulled that students, who will not stay in hostels should be admitted to these institutes," a source said.
The plan is to increase the number by 10,000 per year so that the number of IITians touches 1 lakh by 2020.
"Rather than create infrastructure for hostel accommodation of 30,000 additional students, which will also take considerable time to come up, it is proposed to increase the intake of more talent by taking in non-residential students," the source said.
"The increase will be without compromising on the teaching process and would be subject to availability of adequate teaching facilities," the source added.
Among other key proposals that the IIT council is going to consider is project 'Vishwajeet' which seeks to provide assistance to top 7 IITs to boost their international ranking.
Another move relates to campus recruitment of PhD students from IITs with an eye to fill up vacancies, the sources said.