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New proposals aim to curb govt control over IITs

Posted on: January 18, 2011

By Indian Express
Empowering and expanding the role and character of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Boards and limiting government control at IITs to mere dispatch of grants, a definitive hike in student fee, an academic shift from a course-based system to a credit-based one, and an alternative to the Joint Entrance Examination — these are the key recommendations that will be mulled upon at the meeting of the IIT Council this week. The proposed academic progression changes, if accepted, will mark a new way of studying and imparting education at the IITs, which follow a course-based format.

The recommendation has been made in the light of the recent spate of suicides committed by IIT students. While there were four cases of suicide at IIT Kharagpur, such unfortunate incidents also took place at IIT Bombay and IIT Kanpur. Each IIT has tried to address the issue. While IIT Bombay has brought in rehabilitation programmes, IIT Kanpur has shifted from a six-point to seven-point grading formula to allow more room for weaker students.

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