Committee to examine fee structure of IITs
New Delhi: A high level committee appointed by the IIT Council will revisit the fee structure as part of its mandate to assess how the revenue could be increased for the premier institutes.
The IIT Council, the apex body to decide on the issues of IITs, has set up a five-member committee headed by Atomic Energy Commission chief Anil Kakodkar for the purpose.
Students are paying Rs 50,000 per annum as tuition fee at the B.Tech courses in the IITs at present. The Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students are exempted from the tuition fee.
Besides, students pay about Rs 20,000 annually for other purposes like accommodation, alumni and admission fees.
The IIT Council, which mete here on October 19, discussed the issue against the backdrop of government starting a loan scheme with subsidised interest rate to help poor students in higher studies, sources said.
The members felt that the poor students` concerns were taken care of as they could be covered under the loan scheme. Besides, the IITs provide scholarship to about 25 percent of the students every year.
The committee will also suggest whether the IITs should take more project works from different government departments and outside as a means to augment resources.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has favoured the idea of IITs taking up more projects and consultancy work to augment their resources.
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