The Parliament on Tuesday passed a Bill to declare five newly established Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) as institutions of national importance. The Bill was introduced in the Upper House on Monday by Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
The five new IIITs set up under the Public Private Partnership mode are in: Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala, and Raichur.
The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 has already been passed by Lok Sabha in the previous session on March 20, 2020.
So far in India, there are 25 IIITs out of which five are purely run by the central government and 15 operate under public private partnership (PPP) mode. The Education Minister said, “We have brought the proposal before this House to bring five new operational institutes which are located and have started operations in Surat (Gujarat), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Bhagalpur (Bihar), Agartala (Tripura) and Raichur (Karnataka) to bring under this act,”
These 5 IIITs along with 15 other IIITs, which are also built on public private partnership (PPP) mode will now be able to use the nomenclature of Bachelor of Technology (BTech) or Master of Technology (MTech) or PhD degree.
It will also enable the institutes to attract enough students required to develop a strong research base in the country in the field of information technology.
At present, these institutes are registered as Societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and do not have the power to grant degrees or diplomas. With the amendment bill passed, now there are declared Institutions of National Importance, the five institutes will be granted the power to grant degrees.