Published On: Wed, May 4th, 2011

IIT Council to become independent soon

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IIT council will soon become an absolute independent body with no dependence on the human resource development (HRD) ministry. The apex decision making body of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will have an independent staff and an identity of its own. According to sources, IIT Council will no longer have to depend on HRD Ministry for its administrative decisions. The move comes as a component of HRD minister Kapil Sibal’s larger plan to increase the functional autonomy of the IITs.

The final decision on the plan – aimed at creating an IIT Council Secretariat – may be made at a meeting between senior HRD ministry officials and the IIT directors on May 5, the sources said.

Presently, the Council alone has the power to appoint IIT directors and take any policy decisions binding across the top engineering schools – including their fees, reforms, administrative structure and any amendments to the law governing the Institutes.

“The IIT Council – the highest decision making body of the IITs – at present depends on the HRD ministry to even invite members for meetings or to prepare the Council’s agenda. All this will change,” a source said.

The logo for the IIT Council is likely to be designed by D Udaya Kumar, assistant professor at IIT Guwahati and the designer of the new rupee symbol. The IIT Council which does not have a separate office is likely to be housed in South Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park.

“Once the independent IIT Council is capable of handling matters, there is a possibility that we will empower it with far greater powers and withdraw from many administrative aspects of the IIT governance system,” a source said.

[Source: Hindustan Times]