Source: Agencies02 Aug 2016 20:37:51

New Delhi, August 2: After the approval of Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, the Parliament passed the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill- 2016. As the effect of the bill, six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will be set up in the country. The institutes will be established at Tirupati, Palakkad, Goa, Dharwad, Bhilai and Jammu.
Besides the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad has been brought within the ambit of the IIT Act. The bill aims at declaring ISM Dhanbad as an institute of national importance, integrate it with the IIT system and it would be called IIT (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad.

Replying to a debate on the bill, Human Resource and Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government is committed to maintain the autonomy of the IITs. "These institutes need to be brought within the ambit of the aforesaid Act for the purpose of declaring them as institutions of national importance. These Institutes are being run by a board in which the Ministry has no representatives”.

Javadekar assured the House that IITs will remain the centre of excellence and there will be no budgetary constraints. Responding to members concerns regarding infrastructure and faculty problems , the Minister said the internal accrual of IITs are growing and within three years there will be no deficit in terms of infrastructure and other requirements.

Javadekar also said the vacancies in these institutes will be filled up soon. On agitation in campuses, the Minister said the students have every right to express themselves and there are no restrictions. He also said the government is working on setting up of 20 world class institutes. Of them ten will be in public sector and ten in private.

Not only this, Javadekar also introduced The National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Lok Sabha  and proposes the establishment of a NIT in Andhra Pradesh with effect from August 20, 2015, which has already been set up as registered society.

This bill aims at amending the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research Act of 2007 and proposes the establishment of a NIT in Andhra Pradesh with effect from August 20, 2015 which has already been set up as registered society. 

Earlier, D Raja of CPI alleged that reservation policy is being not implemented properly and demanded it should be reviewed from time to time. He also urged the government to withdraw cases registered against students in different campuses. Jairam Ramesh of Congress demanded that Ministry should not interfere in the internal matters of IITs.