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Report seeks to end IIT subsidy

Free trips for students of the IIT and IIM might soon end if the Oversight Committee has its way.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2006 08:05 IST

Free trips for students of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and the Indian Institutes for Management (IIM) might soon end if the Oversight Committee has its way.

Seeking more administrative and financial autonomy in higher educational institutions, the Moily panel sought to end the admission fee subsidy for students in IITs and IIMs, barring post-graduate courses. However, it also suggested setting up of more specialised training institutes to accommodate the surge of aspirants.

The panel said the entire fee package should be financed through education loans and the government should stop subsidies. The report said students could repay loans after placements.

Oversight Committee head Veerappa Moily said financial support to all the IITs and IIMs from the government should cease to exist by the end of the 11th Five Year Plan following which the institutes should move towards self-reliance. Moily said in future a similar principle should apply to the National Institutes of Technology. He also suggested that the government should instead concentrate on setting up new IITs and IIMs in the backwaters.

Most of these specialised institutes are located in big cities. “More private participation should be allowed to meet the increased demand for higher education,” the report said.

The committee has recommended that IIM-Ahmedabad can open a satellite campus in Mumbai and IIM-Kozikode in Chennai and has suggested adding 20 new Indian Institutes of Information Technology to the fleet of technical schools under the 11th Five Year Plan.

The committee said the Medical Council of India (MCI)’s rules should be relaxed to set up new colleges. The MCI informed the committee that it has already submitted new rules based on the best global practices to the Ministry for Health for approval.

Six more like institutes on the lines of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and upgrading seven existing medical schools have also been recommended.

Making a pitch for computer-aided education, the committee said any education institute set up in the future should be fully networked with digital 24X7 classrooms and maximum number of students should be provided laptops. To spot and nurture talents from “excluded sections,” the committee proposed a “National Merit Scholarship” to cover meritorious students from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, OBCs and others. At least one lakh scholarships of Rs 12,000 a month each should be available to students of Classes IX, X, XI and XII. The report has also recommended a National Science Talent for Research and Innovation Fellowship at the pre-university stage to tap bright brains.

Seeking more autonomy for higher education institutes, Moily said once they free themselves of the government shackles, the institutes can decide on the salary structure ofthe faculties.

First Published: Oct 12, 2006 08:05 IST