The IITs are set to consider a proposal to add more seats to their BTech, MTech and research programmes at a forthcoming meeting of the IIT Council — the highest decision making body of the premier institutions. The meeting is scheduled to take place on August 23.
At present, there are close to 72,000 students in all the 23 IITs. The HRD Ministry, sources said, will propose that the institutes, collectively, increase their student strength to one lakh over the next three years.
An IIT director familiar with the proposal told The Indian Express that the IITs will be expected to add close to 4,000 new seats across all BTech programmes — from the current 10,560 to close to 14,000 seats — by 2020. The institutes will also have to increase the number of seats in MTech and PhD programmes to achieve the strength of one lakh.
“To achieve this, the IITs will have to waive off the condition which makes students stay compulsorily on campus. The institutes will depend on admitting more non-resident students,” said the director. Currently, all students of IITs have to stay on campus.
If approved, this move will result in the biggest increase in seats across IITs since the OBC quota was implemented.
The Council will also consider a new project titled ‘Vishwajeet’ which proposes to assist IITs, especially the top seven — Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Roorkee and Guwahati — to reach the top 100 in Global University ranks by 2018 and top 50 by 2020. This project will provide these institutes additional support and funds.