AGENCIES, New Delhi: Amid the rising cash crunch, economic crisis and loss of job opportunities due to the coronavirus outbreak, Ministry of Human Resource and Development directed Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) not to increase tuition fees.
According to reports, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal stated, “IITs and IIITs will not hike the tuition fees for any course for the upcoming academic year.”
The ministry took the decision regarding IITs after consulting the chairman of the Standing Committee of the IIT Council and directors of the institutes. The decision is taken keeping in view of the hardships students are facing due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
“After consultation with the chairman of the Standing Committee of the IIT Council and directors of IITs, it has been decided that these institutes will not increase the tuition fee for academic year 2020-21 for any course,” news agency PTI quoted the minister as saying.
“On similar lines, I have requested the IIITs run in the public-private partnership mode not to increase the tuition fee for the coming academic year for any of their courses,” he added.
According to reports, a BTech student pays an annual fee of Rs 2 lakh in IITs, India’s premier technological and engineering institutes.