HRD Ministry mulling over bringing separate bill for IIITs; says Prakash Javadekar

With the recent appointment of Prakash Javadekar as the Minister for  Human Resource Development, he begins his job pondering over the much-needed attention to the youth and the education sector. He called for a council meeting of Indian Institute of Information Technology on 13th July whereby it was discussed as to how the IT sector could be evolved and what role could IIITs play towards the same. The IIITs were introduced during the Prime

The IIITs were introduced during the Prime Ministership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and since then have been a contributor towards India becoming a software giant, said Javadekar. He also mentions the fact that even though India is known as a Software Giant, we have not been successful in coming up with productive tools like Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter and Google. India still needs to improvise the centres that can prove to be  the centres of Excellence if appropriate steps can be taken. For the same HRD ministry has decided to bring in a “separate bill” to govern the affairs of Indian Institutes

For the same HRD ministry has decided to bring in a “separate bill” to govern the affairs of Indian Institutes of Information and Technology (IIITs) which are functioning under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.  There are two streams of IIITs – some government-funded and some under PPP, the minister said all the IIITs should work together and share among themselves best experiments and practices. Aiming to become centres of excellence in the next 3-5 years, said Javadekar we must also strive to become a real power in software by innovating new possible utilities as mentioned above. IIIT

IIIT Secretariat at IIIT Gwalior would be established as decided in the meeting chaired by HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. Some of the other key decisions are also that of a separate bill to be prepared in order to govern the affairs of IIITs functioning under the PPP mode. As an interim measure, IIITs under PPP model will apply for the status of deemed university, Javadekar stated.

Further, Javadekar also proposed to take steps in grooming PhD scholars as future faculty to provide enough flexibility in statutes to retain talent as faculty and researchers. Updating of the IIIT curriculum to meet the evolving Information Technology scenario, to allow MOOCs along with a system of discussion, assessment, and evaluation as credit / audit courses and to enhance intake of foreign students up to 15% as per the existing regulations are other key decisions taken by the ministry at the meeting. A road map shall be prepared for brand building the IIITs.

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