Sep 18, 2013 : The council of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has decided to increase the number of students admitted to the IITs by 60%.
The move which when implemented over a period of time will increase the the total number of stduents in different streams to 12,000 from the current average of 7,500.
The council said the increase would first happen in the seven older IITs at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Guwahati and Roorkee.
It will also help in bring more funds to the IITs by way of fees from the additional students admitted.
In moves designed to keep the autonomy of the institutes intact, it was decided that the IITs would not be reviewed by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) and that University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) would have no say in the appointment of IIT directors any more.
Decision was also taken to undertake some brand-building and marketing exercises to improve the brand and equity of the IITs. Plans to appoint a chief marketing office to help achieve this objective are also being mooted.
Decisions on issues such as suggested hike in tuition fees and the two-tier admission process to the IITs that is currently before the courts were deferred.