IIT directors oppose non-resident students

 

NEW DELHI: IITs have shown reluctance to the HRD ministry’s idea of having non-resident students at the undergraduatelevel. Sources said most of theIIT directors have expressed serious reservations against the idea arguing that non-resident students will change the character of IITs.They have argued that at the undergraduate level, it is important that students imbibe the spirit of the campus and be a part of the IIT ecosystem.”IIT is also about the larger environment of free debate and liberal atmosphere. Moreover, our undergraduate courses are most sought after,” one director said, adding that IITs are not averse to having nonresident students at post-graduate and doctorate level.

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.

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