Smriti Irani promises fee waiver for SC, ST, Physically Challenged Students in IITs

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani promised complete fee waiver in IITs for SC, ST, dalit and physically challenged students

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani promised fee waiver for students belonging to SC, ST, dalit and physically challenged category in IITs. As per the reports, this would be applicable across all 23 IITs. Smriti Irani was in Surat, Gujarat to participate in BJP Foundation day event on Wednesday when she said that SC, ST, dalit and physically challenged students would be exempted from paying tuition fee in IITs.

The standing committee of the IIT Council had recently announced three-fold hike in fee, however final call has not been made yet in this regard. When asked about the fee hike issue, Irani just said “The fees had not been increased yet.” It is highly expected that final decision from HRD Ministry would take time in regard to ongoing assembly elections across six states.

Irani also added that students whose family income is less than Rs 5 lakh per annum would be eligible for 66 percent concession in the fees. “The move will benefit nearly 50 percent of the 60,471 students enrolled in the IITs,” she said. A formal announcement of fee waiver and concession is yet to be made.

IITs have a special status as ‘Institutes of National Importance’ under the Indian Institute of Technology Act. First IIT was established at Kharagpur in the year 1950. Currently there are 18 IITs functioning while other 5 will commence their academic session this year. Two IITs, IIT Palakkad and IIT Tirupati started functioning last year.

The reservation system followed across IITs include 15 percent reservation for SC, 7.5 percent for ST and 27 percent for OBC students.

The announcement received mixed responses from general public, while most of them expressed dissent over the fee-waiver stating it should be on financial basis and not category basis.

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