Parliament nod to two key education bills
New Delhi: Parliament on Friday passed two key bills to enable students of Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research get their degrees and give eight new IITs their status through an Act of Parliament.
The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2011, already passed by the Rajya Sabha, seeks to set up eight new Indian Institutes of Technology in Bhubaneshwar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Mandi, Patna and Ropar, and integrate the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, within the ambit of the Act.
All these institutions shall be declared institutions of national importance as per amended Act.
The National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010, already passed by the Rajya Sabha, declares certain institutions of technology as institutions of national importance and seeks to add five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (established in Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram) as institutions of national importance.
It also specifies the members of Board of Governors of each institute and establish a Council for all Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research.
The Bills were passed amid din over BR Ambedkar's cartoon published in NCERT textbooks.