A bill to establish 20 more Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and declare the four existing ones as institutions of national importance was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday.
The bill, which seeks to give the IIITs administrative autonomy, would confer the status of institutes of national importance on IIITs at Gwalior, Allahabad, Jabalpur and Kancheepuram.
The new IIITs will be set up under the public-private partnership mode, with the HRD ministry, state governments where these are to be established and the industry being partners, the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Bill 2013 said.
Establishment of each IIIT is expected cost Rs 128 crore, with the Centre bearing 50% of the cost and the state government 35%. The remaining 15% would be borne by industry partners.