IIT students can look forward to some cool accommodation, as all new hostels will be centrally air-conditioned.
The human resource ministry, which recently ordered a fee hike at Indian Institutes of Technology, planned to modernise hostels including air-conditioned common areas and stateof-the-art kitchens, sources said.
At the country’s top engineering schools, which also enjoy a good standing worldwide, students have to live in hostels. Currently, around 80,000 students are enrolled in 18 IITs, a majority of them are in areas where summer in harsh. Five more colleges are in the pipeline. HRD minister Smriti Irani paid a surprise visit to two hostels at IIT Delhi on Friday. She inspected the kitchen, halls and talked to the students.
After interacting with the officials and students, the minister decided on an overhaul of the hostels, sources said. At the centre of various student agitations recently, the ministry has announced a string of measures for universities and engineering colleges.
IIT Delhi is first off the block. All rooms will get air-coolers. Water coolers will be installed on every floor and the kitchen and dining areas upgraded.
They were not allowed coolers in the room, which was problem during summer, some students had told Irani.
The minister wants IITs to invest money to improve hostels as students spend a lot of time there. “Funds for this will be allocated and a proposal regarding this will be discussed soon,” the official said.
Recently, I IT Kharagpur students had protested the fee revision, forcing the ministry to clarify that the hike was for new students only.
The annual fee for undergraduate courses has been raised from `90,000 to ` 2 lakh from the new academic session. Students belonging to the SC, ST and differently abled categories get a full tuition-fee waiver.