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Kritika Sharma | Fri, 21 Oct 2016-07:05am , New Delhi , DNA |

The directors of the institution have decided not to hike fee.

In a meeting of the seven oldest IITs on Thursday, it was decided that the fee structure of these institutions will remain the same for the coming academic year, no fee hike has been suggested in the meeting. The Directors of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, Bombay, Roorkee, Madras, Guwahati, Kanpur and Kharagpur met under the Vishwajeet scheme of HRD Ministry, aimed to promote IITs. Under the scheme, the seven oldest IITs also got the autonomy to hike or change their fee structure. The institutions have however decided to retain the current structure. The scheme was launched by the ministry in the month of August this year to promote IITs that have a potential to go up in the global rankings. In this connection, the older IITs were asked to make a plan on how to go about the scheme. On Thursday, the IITs discussed their plans and made the presentation with senior officials in the ministry.

Making the laboratories world class by augmentation is one of the important points suggested by the IITs. They also discussed ways of making the infrastructure world class. “We discussed how encouraging more foreign faculty and foreign students can help in making the institutes go up in global rankings,” said one of the Directors who was present in the meeting. Encouraging foreign faculty is something that the ministry itself has also been keen about. Recently, visa norms for foreign faculty who want to engage with institutions in India, have been eased. “In order to improve global rankings, we are also looking at joint collaboration for research with foreign institutions,” the official added. While a good number of IITs have featured in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), the government’s ranking of educational institutions, they have failed to make a mark as far as international rankings are concerned. In the global rankings, IITs have featured in 200 or below positions. –  Courtesy


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