New panel to decide fate of IIITs under PPP

  • Brajesh Kumar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 15, 2015 01:04 IST

In an effort to end the uncertainty over the status of Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) under public-private-partnership (PPP) mode, the government has set up a committee to look into issues relating to granting degrees from these institutes as well as their status vis-a-vis the centrally funded IIITs.

The decision to set up a committee was taken at a recent council meeting of IIITs.

Sources in the HRD ministry said committee will decide whether these IIITs (PPP) should be brought under the ambit of existing centrally funded IIITs or given a deemed university status.

The UPA government had proposed setting up 20 IIITs in PPP mode — with the private partner chosen by the state governments having complete management control after paying 15% of the establishment cost — but there is no finality over their degree granting status. The UPA government approved the sites and the partners chosen by states for 15 IIITs and signed MoUs for 11.

Eleven of the 20 IIITs in operation or in the final leg of operation are registered under the Society Registration Act.

Last year while the NDA government passed the IIIT Bill 2014, bringing the four centrally funded IIITs under a single authority, it left out the IIITs under the PPP mode thus leaving the fate of IIITs in PPP mode in balance.

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