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IITs most Likely not to Hike Fees for MTech Courses

The fees for MTech courses in IITs will most likely not be hiked this year as the committee headed by the union education minister decided against it.

The IIT council headed by Union Education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank is learned to have decided against giving nod to a proposal to hike fees for M Tech courses in these prestigious courses in the Indian Institutes of Technology.

In a meeting held on Monday, one of the key items on the agenda was the report of a committee that suggested that the fees for M Tech courses offered by IITs across the country be hiked.

A committee headed by IIT Hyderabad Director Prof B S Murty had suggested hiking the fees of M Tech courses as these courses generally saw a large number of students dropping out,” a source was quoted saying.

The source further said, “It was felt that many students who had different career goals parked themselves in these courses and later on left the courses mid-way. However, in the IIT council meeting, it was decided that efforts will be made to make these courses lucrative. Hiking fees did not find favor in the council though.

The source further

MTech Courses to be Made Lucrative

The fees for M Tech courses are normally in the range of Rs 20,000-30,000 per semester. The committee had suggested that the fee be raised to up to Rs 2 lakh.

The IITs will try to make the courses more lucrative for students and not focus on hiking fees or making students sign bonds etc, which was one of the suggestions that cropped during the discussion,

The person cited above.

The meeting was chaired by Union Education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank who asked IITs to develop the Institute Development Plan as envisioned in NEP 2020 to improve the mobility of faculty between institution and Industry.

The mobility of faculty members and industry experts between technical institutes and industry will promote collaborations between industry and academia, he added. Earlier, a committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Standing Committee for IIT Council for suggesting recruitment of faculties in IITs (Industry interaction and mobility of faculty).

One IIT- One Trust Area Approach

Nishank chaired the 54th Meeting of the Council of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) today through online media. Minister of State for Education Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre; Secretary, Higher Education Shri Amit Khare was also

The minister also urged IITs to adopt the One IIT – One Thrust Area approach based on local needs. It was recommended to constitute a task force to review the use of technology at all IITs and also to accelerate the deployment of digital tools.

It was also recommended to undertake rationalization of staff from current standards to a lower number, an official statement said. Four Working Groups were constituted in areas NEP-2020. These included a group on reform and restructuring of the Academic Senate.

The Council also put up for consideration a suggestion to arrange an Online IIT R&D fair to showcase the quality research work being done by the IITs.

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