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The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are autonomous public institutes of higher education. The 16 IITs are at Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Mumbai, Roorkee, Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Mandi, Patna, Ropar and Varanasi. Each IIT is an autonomous institution, linked to the others through a common IIT Council, which oversees their administration. The Union human resource development minister is the ex-officio chairperson of IIT Council.