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Hundreds of students had foreseen a bright future for themselves as soon as they were admitted to new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) set up in 2008. But their dreams have hit a roadblock even as the first batch of B.Tech students is set to graduate in May. The new institutes are yet to be approved as IITs by Parliament. As a result, the passing out students will not get an IIT degree for the time being. All IITs are governed by the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961.The Act declares them as institutions of national importance and specifies their framework for governance, powers and duties. The Gandhinagar campus was among the six IITs set up in 2008.
Another two were added the next year. While the Lok Sabha passed the bill for incorporating the new IITs under the Act, it is yet to be cleared by Rajya Sabha. Because of the uncertainty, the IITs are unable to fix a date for their first convocation. Traditionally, IITs host their annual convocations in August. Some 600 under-graduate and post-graduate students will be passing out from the new IITs this year. IIT-Gandhinagar has 88 undergraduate students. We are hoping the Parliament moves quickly, said a director of one of the new IITs. It takes time to plan a convocation that meets IIT standards. The first batch of 30 M Tech students of IIT Hyderabad graduated in 2011. The students are waiting for their degree certificates. A total of 160 students will be graduating from the IIT Hyderabad this year.
Courtesy: Times of India
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