The NDA government on Tuesday introduced in Lok Sabha a Bill seeking to declare four IIITs as institutions of national importance and empower them to grant degrees.
The Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Bill, introduced by HRD Minister Smriti Irani, was originally introduced during the UPA regime by her predecessor M M Pallam Raju. But it had lapsed with the completion of the term of the last Lok Sabha.
“The Bill seeks to provide the four existing IIITs funded by the central government independent statutory status with uniform governance structure and policy framework as also to declare them as institutions of national importance and to enable them to grant degree to their students in the academic courses conducted by these institutes,” said the statement of object and reasons of the legislation.
The four institutes are IIIT Allahabad, IIIT Gwalior,
IIIT Design and Manufacturing Jabalpur and IIIT Design and Manufacturing Kancheepuram.