India’s premier institutes for engineering and technology, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have set themselves an ambitious target of admitting one lakh students by 2020.
The IIT council will be deliberate on the matter during its forthcoming meeting on August 23 and it is being expected that a general consensus will be reached on the proposal to allow 30,000 additional nonresident students to join the IITs. Under existing policies, all students are required to stay in IIT hostels.
If the council waves the green flag at the new proposal, 10,000 additional students will gain entry into these prestigious institutions each year, helping the total number of IITians surge to 100,000 by the year 2020.
According to sources familiar with the proposal, the IIT council wants to take in more nonresidential students because creating the infrastructure for hostel facilities for 30,000 additional students could be a little problematic in the immediate future.
Those crafting the plan are confident that the addition of more students will not compromise the quality of education that IITs are known for.
Other issues on the agenda for the August 23 meeting include the ‘Vishwajeet Project’ that aims to extend a helping hand to the top 7 IITs to boost their global ranking over the next few years.