New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved setting up of five Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) across India including one in Agartala.
These IITs will be set up under Public Private Partnership mode at Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur.
The Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved introduction of the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, ex-post facto to 21 posts of Directors, one each in 20 IIITs (PPP) and one in IIITDM Kurnool (IIIT-CFTI) and ex-post facto to 21 posts of Registrars, one each in 20 IITs (PPP) and one in IIITDM Kurnool (IIT-CFTI).
The Bill will declare the 5 IIITs-PPP along with the existing 15 Indian Institutes of Information Technology in Public Private Partnership mode as “Institutions of National Importance” with powers to award degrees.
Officials said that this will entitle them to use the nomenclature of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) or Master of Technology (M.Tech) or Ph.D degree as issued by a university or Institution of National Importance. It will also enable the institutes to attract enough students required to develop a strong research base in the country in the field of information technology.
IIITs are envisaged to promote higher education and research in the field of Information Technology.