IITs feel that the institutes will have to get involved with the well-being of students even if they live outside the campus. At the IIT Council meeting last month, many directors had supported the idea subject to clearance from their respective senates. Sources said senates of many IITs have not shown any enthusiasm.On the contrary , chairperson of one IIT has even suggested that IITs should outsource the job of hostel upkeep to outside agency . Idea is that the outside agency will pay fee to IITs and charge students at market rate. Money that IITs get from outside agency , sources said, can be used to subsidise hostel charges of needy students. However, a source clarified that this is one of the many ideas on running of hostels.
The idea of non-resident students was mooted to help expand student strength of IITs at undergraduatepostgraduate and doctorate level to one lakh by 2020.