Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of 6 new IITs at Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Palakkad (Kerala), Dharwar (Karnataka), Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), Goa, Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir). With the six new institutions, seats for students would be increased by 1080.
Under the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961, establishment of new IITs is not permissible so to establish new IITs, Government has decided to do it through the formation of Societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
Union Cabinet said “The approval will bring six new Indian Institutes of Technology within the ambit of The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 and declaring them as the institutions of national importance.”
During the establishment of new 6 IITs there would be 180 admissions in 1st year. Which will be increased by 450 admissions in 2nd year and in 3rd year.
Initially new IITs will be operated from their temporary campus and after the complete set up in three years, IITs will shift to their permanent campus. Student and faculty ratio will be 10:1.
Cabinet will also help in upgradation of Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad to an IIT.
The Cabinet gave ex post facto approval to set up NIT, Andhra Pradesh. The Cabinet also approved introduction of a bill, the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2016 for inclusion of the NIT, Andhra Pradesh in its first schedule.
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