IITs mull 80% hike in annual fee
New Delhi, November 2
India’s premier technical institutions, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), are considering a revision of the annual student fee for undergraduate courses by 80 per cent. The 15 IITs, which together have 9,618 seats, plan to increase the fee from Rs 50,000 to Rs 90,000.
The agenda will come up for discussion at the upcoming meeting of the standing committee of the IIT Council, which will meet at the IIT, Bombay, on November 5 to discuss wide-ranging changes, including exemption from GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) for engineering graduates wanting to pursue PhD.
The revision of tuition fee structure at the Central technical institutions has been pending for over a year and postponed twice already.
Sources in the HRD Ministry today said the revision was overdue and was required to bring the IIT fee structure on a par with other top Central government institutions like the Indian Institutes of Management, which charge at least three times the fee of the IITs.
Even second-rung deemed universities have fee structures ranging from Rs 1.2 lakh to Rs 2 lakh annually. The IITs on the other hand continue to charge Rs 50,000 for an intensive course.
“Most top private technical colleges like SRM University had been charging Rs 60,000 as tuition fee way back in 2002. The fee revision in IITs will not impact as many students as is being believed. So many Central government scholarships like merit and means scholarships and others for the minorities and Backward Classes are already available. The idea behind this revision is that those who can afford to pay should pay,” a source in the HRD Ministry said.
The standing committee will only firm up the decision, as the final call on fee revision will be made by the IIT Council, which is chaired by the HRD Minister. The council meeting is due in January.
Any fee revision, if approved, will be applicable from the next academic session.
The IITs were also working out the modalities for a tripartite arrangement to provide loans to students who can repay these when they land jobs after their studies.
“The arrangement will have three parties - the students, the IIT and the financing institution. The details of this scheme are being worked out,” an HRD Ministry official said.
“ a compromise formula which includes a proposal to take top 20% students based on percentile ranking of respective boards for preparing the merit list”
How meaningless is this solution ?. Higher education in India will become the domain of the school toppers and Children of affluent parents and we wonder why half a million students leave India to study undergraduate courses overseas. Children who will never return to a country that shunned them.
Is this is what we call inclusive in RTE ?.
God Save India
Inclusive education does not mean that everyone must enter, or pass out from, an IIT. It only means that if you wanted to, you could have a shot at it. The child labourer is excluded because she can never dream of entering an IIT; she may absolutely hate IIT, but not trying to join an IIT should be her decision. Even if there is only one IIT train, every child must have access to the platform where the train comes. Of course, not everyone will get on to the train but everyone knows what to do to have a shot at the train. This is called inclusion in education. Everyone must go to school till class 12; those who work hard, and are willing to work harder still, will join an IIT. Others will, by choice, decide not to work that hard and become economists.
All children are born equal and mindless politicians are trying to grade the children and youth of the nation and create a new Brahamanical Caste system in Education, which is pandering to the neo rich who can afford to send their children to elite private schools and Coaching schools.
"HRD Ministry of India wants to build castles of higher education on the bamboo scaffoldings of its schools" ~ Satish Jha