Students at the Indian Institutes of Technology will not have to pay for more than a quarter of the recurring costs of the premier engineering schools even as the IITs move towards financial autonomy from the government.
A panel appointed by human resource development minister Kapil Sibal to prepare a blueprint for financial and administrative reforms at the IITs has dumped a controversial plan to use student fees to meet all recurring costs.
Sources on the panel headed by former atomic energy chief Anil Kakodkar have told Hindustan Times that the panel has instead recommended a set of other strategies to help the IITs generate funds.
The panel is scheduled to submit its final report to Sibal on Thursday.
The strategies include increasing research collaboration with industry to draw more research grants, using consultancy of faculty, and attracting funds from alumni, apart from student fees, the sources said. “Instead of a single-pronged strategy, the panel has decided to recommend a multi-pronged approach towards resource generation,” a panel member said.
Tuition fees will constitute no more than 25% of the recurring costs of the IITs unlike the 100%, which the Kakodkar panel had proposed earlier at a meeting of the IIT Council — the highest decision making body of the IITs — this January.
Sibal — though keen on the IITs gaining financial autonomy — had objected to the proposal to allow the Institutes to use student fees as the principal tool to reduce their dependence on government funds.
The Kakodkar committee report, panel members said, also contains other key differences to the earlier blueprint the panel had suggested.
The report will suggest a mechanism to measure accountability to justify the increased autonomy Sibal is keen to award the IITs.
Sections of the government are also concerned over a proposal of the Kakodkar panel to allow IIT Boards pick Institute Directors without any government role.