IITs want more stu­dents to pay full tu­ition fees

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Front Page - Manash.Go­hain @times­group.com

New Delhi: As part of the model for fi­nan­cial au­ton­omy, the In­dian In­sti­tutes of Tech­nol­ogy (IITs) have pro­posed that tu­ition fees should cover their run­ning ex­penses, in­clud­ing salaries and main­te­nance. The IITs have also planned to in­crease in­take of stu­dents who pay full fees to aug­ment their rev­enue.

Cur­rently, the stu­dents from re­served cat­e­gories and those from eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tions pay a sub­stan­tially lower fee.

At a meet­ing of the IIT coun­cil on Fri­day, the in­sti­tutes, how­ever, main­tained that “fi­nan­cial au­ton­omy does not mean with­drawal of govern­ment sup­port to IITs”.

The pro­posal has been re­ferred to a com­mit­tee by the HRD min­istry.

While salaries and main➤ tu­ition fees should cover their run­ning ex­penses,

➤ in­crease in­take of stu­dents who pay full fees

➤ Cost of in­fra­struc­ture to be met through loans

➤ govt di­rectly pro­vide schol­ar­ships to stu­dents

ten­ance ex­penses are to be met from tu­ition fees, it has been pro­posed that the cost for ser­vic­ing in­fra­struc­ture be met through loan from the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Fi­nanc­ing Agency (HEFA). It called for con­tin­ued state sup­port.

The pro­posal for fi­nan­cial au­ton­omy en­vis­ages that no IIT should get ‘lesser an­nual fi­nan­cial sup­port from govern­ment in the new model of fi­nanc­ing as com­pared to the sup­port they have been get­ting’ so far

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