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Standing Committee of IIT Council Recommends 80% Hike In Fees

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IIT Council May Hike Tuition Fees By 80% For Undergraduate ProgramThe annual tuition fees for IIT undergraduate program may rise to Rs.90,000 said the official sources at the IIT council. The Standing Committee, which is an executive subgroup of IIT Coucil, empowered to advise the ministry and the Council on matters of common interest to all the institutions in the system, is understood to have made the recommendation on this Monday, to hike the annual tuition fees for the IIT undergraduate program by 80%, which amounts to Rs.40,000.

The IIT council, under the chairmanship of HRD Minister, will take the matter for approval in the meeting scheduled to take place on January 7, 2013.

Sources said that while it has recommended an 80% increase in fees, the Standing Committee decided that students from the weaker sections – scheduled castes and tribes and OBCs – would not be required to pay the higher fee.

The recommendation comes even as an empowered task force is considering ways to implement the Kakodkar Committee’s suggestion of a four to five-fold increase in tuition fees, from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2-2.5 lakh per year.

Sources close to the developments described Monday’s decision, which was taken even as empowered committee was deliberating option, as an “interim measure”.

Experts suggest that the decision by the Standing Committee is an attempt to counter the possibility of implementing the higher hike suggested by the Kakodkar committee.

In January last year, Kapil Sibal, who as the human resource development minister was also the chairman of the IIT Council, had expressed misgivings about the four to five-fold fee hike suggested by the Kakodkar Committee.

The Kakodkar Committee had argued that Rs 2 to Rs 2.5 lakh per year represented the operational cost, or 30%, of total current cost of an IIT education. It had suggested a hassle-free bank loan scheme, one drawn up especially for IIT students, to ensure that fees don’t become a barrier to entry.

It also suggested that the government should continue with current practice of providing full cover for fees and living expenses for under graduate from weaker sections. All students, whose parents earn less than Rs 4.5 lakh per year, would be eligible for scholarships covering 100% fees, and a monthly stipend.

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