IIIT Bhagalpur is one of the five institutes that is set to get the 'national importance' tag | Photo: iiitbh.ac.in
IIIT Bhagalpur is one of the five institutes that is set to get the 'national importance' tag | Photo: iiitbh.ac.in
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New Delhi: The Lok Sabha Friday passed the Indian Institute of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, which will declare five IIITs established under public-private partnership (PPP) model as ‘institutes of national importance’. This will give these institutes the power to grant degrees.

The five IIITs are those in Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala, and Raichur. 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.

Once the bill is passed into law, the institutes will be able to use the nomenclature of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.), Master of Technology (M.Tech.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

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Impact of the move

The bill, which amends the IIIT Act, 2014, and the IIIT (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017, was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. According to the government, the bill will enable the IIITs to attract enough students required to develop a strong research base in the field of information technology in India.

Currently, of the 25 IIITs in India, 20 are established under the PPP model. Fifteen of these already have degree-granting authority under the IIIT PPP Act, 2017. Once the amendment bill becomes an Act, the total number of private institutes that have degree-granting power will reach 20.

Addressing the Lok Sabha, the minister said a “beautiful” model is being developed for the first time with the participation of the states, the Centre and industries, which will help impart training to students.

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After the passage of the bill, he congratulated the institutes and its faculty members and extended good wishes for their success.

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4 Comments Share Your Views


  1. Everyone graduatiing from any IIT should be compulsorily made to serve in India for a period of 5 years. Moreover they must to take up jobs in only Engineering companies or Scientific bodies only

  2. Centres of excellence are definitely needed. Economy is cross nation, companies do work across both indian as well as foreign. Indian people working across the globe are assets not liabilities.

  3. It is a matter ofshame that the government spends huge amounts of money on higher education with limited gains to the country while ignoring the most important school education. Providing quality school education, including vocational training should the focus of the government than the so called higher education which produces graduates who contribute little to the prosperity of the country in the present scenario.

  4. We cant understand the necessity of government starting IITs which makes Engineers flying abroad to take up jobs.
    Having subsidised education at India every one from IIT dhould serve in India to serve the country..
    Why public money shall be used for such institution.
    Let it be on private.
    No point in thumbing up for IITs about the highest salary mark and the number of placements.


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