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Way2k 24 Sep 2012
NITs Propose Fee Hike for Courses

The council of the NITs, the body to decide such matters, today considered a proposal to hike fees from the Rs. 35,000 the institutes charge at present. "The proposal is under consideration. The NIT council will take a decision in its next meeting in November," a source said.

NITs Propose Fee Hike for Courses

There are 30 NITs in the country. Earlier known as Regional Colleges of Engineering, these are seen as second-rung institutions after the IITs. They admit about 12,000 students at the B.Tech and M.Tech levels.
The IITs charge Rs. 50,000 a year in fees. A committee under Anil Kakodkar had recently suggested raising the annual fees in IITs to Rs. 2.25 lakh. The IIT council, the apex body to decide such matters, will consider the suggestion in its next meeting.
In the NITs, scheduled caste and scheduled tribe students will continue to get fee exemption as before, the proposal said. Needy students will be given education loans without being asked to deposit any collateral security.

The NIT council meeting, chaired by HRD minister Kapil Sibal, approved a proposal to raise the age limit of NIT directors from 65 to 70 years. The ministry has already increased the age limit of IIT directors and central university vice chancellors from 65 to 70 years.
To attract foreign students, the council has approved a proposal to conduct the All India Engineering Entrance Examination online at certain centres in foreign countries.

The council also decided to undertake a review of the functioning of NITs and suggest a road map to achieve excellence in teaching and research. A committee under Kakodkar may be set up to carry out the review.

Courtesy: Telegraph India 

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