New Delhi, Mar 20 : A Bill which seeks to declare five IIITs-PPP, along with the existing 15 Indian Institutes of Information Technology in Public-Private Partnership mode as 'Institutions of National Importance' with powers to award degrees, was passed by the Lok Sabha on Friday.
The Bill was passed by voice vote, after the reply of Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'. In his reply, the Minister said the employment ratio of students in the 20 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) in the country is very high and more than 70 per cent students are getting placements from the campus itself. Some IIITs of the country even registered 100 per cent placements, he added.
Earlier, piloting the Bill, the Minister said the Bill seeks five more institutes, which have been subsequently established as societies at Bhagalpur (Bihar), Surat (Gujarat), Raichur (Karnataka), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Agartala (Tripura), also within the ambit of the IIIT (PPP) Act, 2017, to be institutions of national importance. The Bill further amends the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act, 2014 and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-private Partnership) Act, 2017.
This will entitle them to use the nomenclature of Bachelor of Technology (BTech) or the Master of Technology (M Tech) or PhD degree, as issued by a university or an institution of national importance. It will also enable the Institutes to attract enough students required to develop a strong research base in the country in the field of information technology, Pokhriyal said. (UNI)