Friday, 8 April 2016

IIT Fees hiked, but waiver for SC/ST, poor, disabled students

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Fees of IIT hiked by 122 percent, but waiver for SC/ST, disabled and economically weaker students

The government has decided to increase the fees of most prestigious institutions of India, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani has approved the increasing of the annual fee at all the IITs from the current Rs 90,000 to Rs 200000 which means 122 percent rise in the fees. However, the fee hike will only be applicable to students admitted under the general category.

The National Institutes of Technology (NITs) will also almost double the fee from this year. They will charge Rs 1.25 lakh tuition fee per annum, up from the present Rs 70,000.

IIT Fees hiked, but waiver for SC/ST, poor, disabled students

The students of SC/STs, disabled and poor are not affected by this hike. The government has decided to waive in full the annual fees for these students

Students from families with an annual income of less than Rs 1 lakh will be able to study in the IITs for free. But those belonging to families with annual income of less than Rs 5 lakh will be entitled to a waiver of two-thirds of the fee irrespective of their category. Students who do not fall under any of these categories will be facilitated interest-free loans as per officials.

These hiked fees are only applicable for fresh admissions. Those who are already enrolled will continue to pay their fee according to the old slabs

The proposal to change the fee structure was first presented before the Standing Committee at its meeting in Mumbai in October 2015. It was then referred to an expert panel of IIT directors, headed by IIT Roorkee Chairman Ashok Misra, which approved the proposal in March.

The final decisions were taken by Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, who chairs the IIT Council, the highest decision-making body of all the IITs.

There are total 23 IITs are in the country. 

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