NIT fees to double from next academic session

 Studying in NIT s would now be expensive!

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The National Institutes of Technology(NIT‘s) are the group of public engineering institutes of India which offer degree courses at bachelor, master and doctorate level in various branches of engineering and technology. There are at present 30 NIT‘s located one in each major state/territory. Out of these 10 have been set up in recent years.

The fees of these institutes is very less as compared to other engineering colleges. The present tuition fee of NIT’s is  Rs 35000.

But now studying in NIT’s would be expensive from the next upcoming session.

The NIT Council conducted a meeting yesterday i.e. 18th October. They decided to double the tuition fee of B.tech,M.tech and MCA programmes in NIT from next session to Rs. 70,000. However they decided that the fees for SC and ST students will not be hiked.

The fees across 30 NIT s is not the same. In some NIT s fees is less than Rs 30,000. With this hike a uniformity has been brought.

The council meeting was chaired by Ashok Thakur ( Higher Education Secretary) in the absence of M M Pallam Raju,the HRD Minister,who skipped the meeting. Pallam Raju has not attended any meet or ministry programmes ever since he has submitted his resignation to Mr. Manmohan Singh,the Prime Minister protesting the creation of Telegana.

Earlier this year, Indian Institutes of Technology(IIT’s) also effected a steep hike in tuition fees for undergraduate programmes from Rs. 48,000 to Rs. 90,000.

A ministry source said that it has been done to make NIT s autonomous.

The council decided that 10% of OBC students will get a fee waiver of 50% which will purely be based upon their academic performance(merit-based).

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This meeting was deliberated upon suggestion on reforms in NIT‘s.  The suggestions include financial autonomy,institutional reviews and pairing of NITs and IITs.  The council agreed that the NIT system needs to be revamped. They emphasized on developing the curriculum and increasing institute-industry interface for research and development.

Another main point that was discussed in this meeting was regarding the transparency of NIT s. For this, NIT s have decided to start a portal where faculty, students and parents will have the freedom to point out the loopholes in the functioning the institution. NIT Jaipur already has started a portal and has appointed a officer to take care of the corruption cases.

Be it the IIT s or NIT s, the institutions should be role model of transparency. If it has to attract the best talent, institutes should not be opaque to the outside world.

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