MHRD also announced that SC/ST, differently-abled reserved categories will be eligible for a full tuition-fee waiver at all Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)
To pursue an undergraduate degree at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will now cost Rs. 2 lakh per year. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has announced that the fee will be hiked from Rs. 90,000 to Rs. 2,00,000 per year from the upcoming academic session.
Also, HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani announced that the those students who belong to the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), and differently-abled reserved categories will be eligible for a full tuition-fee waiver at all IITs. On the other hand, the students belonging to the general category will be entitiled to a 0% interest free loan if needed.
The decision to hike the fee of programmes offered at IITs was earlier talked about in the month of October last year. However, no final call was taken regarding the same at that time.
The MHRD is also expected to come up with a National Authority for Testing ((NAT) that will conduct entrance examinations for admissions to the IITs and NITs in India. NAT is likely be conducted first in the month of October 2016, wherein it will screen candidates for appearing in the next levels of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for the 2017 session.
Last year, there was a significant hike in the fees of undergraduate programmes offered at NITs. The annual cost of the programme is Rs. 1.25 lakh at the National Institutes of Technology (NITs).
With inputs from hindustantimes.com