Union Cabinet approved the inclusion of Indian Institute of Information Technology (established under public-private partnership mode) situated at Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur under the IIIT (public-private partnership) Act, 2017 Today in New Delhi. Incorporation thereof under the IIIT Act, 2017 will give them legal standing as well as authority to exercise powers and functions available to other similar IIITs under the Act. This will entitle them to use the nomenclature of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) or Master of Technology (M. Tech) of Ph.D degree as issued by a University or Institution of National Importance. It will enable these institutes to attract enough students required to develop a strong research base in the country in the field of Information Technology.
Union Minister for Human Resource and Development Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for facilitating the approval. He said that this step will enable these institutions to boost Information & Technology related education in the country.
Out of these, IIIT at Bhopal, Surat and Bhagalpur have started their academic session from 2017-18, Agartala in 2018-19 and Raichur in 2019-20 only. At present the number of students which will get benefitted from this amendment are about 1600. However, these institutions are at nascent stage only and after having full strength in future, this will benefit as many as about 5000 students.
Indian Institute of Information & Technology are envisaged to promote higher education and research in the field of Information Technology. Establishment of Indian Institute of Information Technology in public-private partnership mode is a unique feature of Government of India where contribution to the capital cost is also being borne by Industry Partner and State Government apart from the Central Government.