amar ujala newspaper 24/10/2016

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will implement a 5% increase in their total student intake from the next academic session.

The decision to increase the number of students -from 10,572 in the current academic session to 11,100 the next year -was taken at a recent meeting of the Joint Admission Board (JAB), which is the highest decision-making body of IITJEE (adanced). The meeting was attended by the chairpersons of all IITs.

While this increased number was to be absorbed by all 23 IITs, several of the older institutes said they wouldn’t be able to immediately increase their intake with their current infrastructure. The country’s premier engineering and tech schools have also decided to admit 10% more foreign students, over and above the total student strength.

“We are in no position to admit extra students despite the government wanting each IIT to increase intake,“ said a senior IIT-Kharagpur official.

“Even if we build accommodation, classrooms and other infrastructure from government funding, it takes many years to build world-class laboratories which offer state-of-the-art facilities,“ the official said.

This is being seen a step forward towards implementing the decision, approved by the IIT Council this August, to increase the total number of seats from 72,000 to 1,00,000 by 2020. The proposal was given by HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, who also chairs the council.

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