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Govt panel suggests free research at PhD level in IITs

The Kakodkar committee, set up to suggest broad areas of reforms in IITs and bring research to the forefront in these elite institutes, is believed to have suggested free research and studies at the PhD level.

Updated: May 12, 2011, 23:42 PM IST

New Delhi: The Kakodkar committee, set up
to suggest broad areas of reforms in IITs and bring research
to the forefront in these elite institutes, is believed to
have suggested free research and studies at the PhD level.

The committee is also understood to have favoured a
"substantial" hike of tuition fee at the undergraduate level
and having the provision of 25 per cent freeship seats for the
students of economically weaker section at this level, said
sources in the HRD Ministry.
Anil Kakodkar, former chairman of the Atomic Energy
Commission, presented his report to HRD Minister Kapil Sibal
here today making a detailed presentation. The report is
expected to be posted on the Ministry`s website shortly to
elicit views of the stakeholders.

Kakodkar felt that the provision of free research and
studies at the PhD level will not only spur research
activities in these institutes but also lend the IITs the
distinction of being true research hubs.

He has suggested producing at least 10,000 research
scholars each year from these institutes.

Kakodkar is also understood to have recommended
far-reaching administrative and financial reforms.

Sibal, during his observations, is learnt to have
suggested putting in place adequate checks in the process of
awarding greater autonomy to the IITs.
Kakodkar also stressed for a "substantial" hike of
student fee at the undergraduate level despite being asked by
Sibal at the IIT council meeting early this year to revisit on
this proposal.

The sources declined to comment on the exact quantum of
hike suggested by him during his presentation today. During
his last presentation, he had suggested a five-fold hike in
tuition fees.

His report is also understood to have suggested a
mechanism under which the board of governors of an IIT would
advice on the appointment of the board of governors of the
other IIT.

The report will be put before the next meeting of IIT
council for approval.

PTI