Vagisha Kaushik|Oct 22, 2021
- RS passes IIIT Amendment Bill, 'National Importance' tag for 5 IIITs
RS passes IIIT Amendment Bill, 'National Importance' tag for 5 IIITs
NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha has passed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Bill seeks to declare five IIITs as institutions of national importance (INIs), thus granting them the power to award degrees.
Earlier, the IIIT (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on March 4, 2020. On being declared institutions of national importance, the five institutes will be granted the power to grant degrees.
The Bill seeks to declare five IIITs set up under the public-private partnership mode in Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala, and Raichur as INIs.
Following the passage of the Bill, education minister Pokhriyal tweeted: “The Bill will declare 5 IIITs in Public-Private Partnership mode at Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala & Raichur as Institutions of National Importance by granting them statutory status along with the already existing 15 IIITs under the IIIT(PPP) Act, 2017.”
IIIT Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 will entitle the institutions to use the nomenclature of Bachelor of Technology (https://t.co/vvRKxDor0g) or Master of Technology (https://t.co/1OEPQ9ufKp) or PhD degree as issued by a University or Institution of National Importance. #IIITBill— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) September 22, 2020
The Bill amends Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act, 2014 and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017.
The IIIT Act, 2017 declares some of the IIITs established under public-private partnership mode as INIs, currently, these institutes are registered as societies and do not have the power to grant degrees or diplomas.
The Lok Sabha passed the Bill on March 20 this year, paving way for five IIITs getting ‘INI’ tag, with power to grant degrees.
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