Thursday, November 16, 2006


Three new IITs likely in 5 years

Three new IITs likely in 5 yearsAdd to Clippings

NEW DELHI: IIT aspirants will soon have more options. The government proposes to set up three new IITs over the next five years. At a time when there is a global talent crunch for quality engineers, the government’s move is a boon to students as well as employers.

The three new IITs will admit 3,000 students annually, which will augment by 75% the existing capacity of 3,980 for the country’s seven IITs together. These IITs will come at an investment of Rs 2,000 crore per annum for nearly six years.

The ministry of human resource development has written to the Planning Commission for an in-principle approval. The institutes will be set up over the Eleventh plan period — ’07-’12. Each of the new institutes would require sustained funding of Rs 650 crore annually for the first six years. Recurring costs, which would include salaries, would be at Rs 231 crore per year, while non-recurring expenditure, that is capital investment, would be at Rs 419 crore annually.

Of the student intake of 3,000, nearly 2,000 will be for the undergraduate B-Tech programme, while another 500 students will be at the post graduate level and another 500 at the doctoral and post-doctoral level.

The proposed IITs will have a structure that would be somewhat different from that of the existing ones — moving away from the department-based organisation to a school-based one. Each school — be it engineering sciences, natural sciences or design and creative arts — will have their own research and development activities. It would seem the aim is not merely to increase the number and quality of science and engineering manpower, but also to improve research activities at the IITs.

The proposal comes at a time when the paucity of science and engineering manpower has become an issue of serious concern. India has only 3.5 science and engineering personnel for every 1,000 persons, as against 110 for Japan, 45.9 in South Korea, 76 in Israel. CNR Rao, chairman, Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister has on occasion expressed the need to set up new IITs to increase the numbers of PhDs produced in the country. India produces about 4,000 PhDs every year, China generates 16,000 and Brazil 10,000.

For the academic session beginning June ’06, as many as 3 lakh students competed for the 3,980 seats in seven IITs. Of the 3,980 seats up for grabs in the seven IITs, 2,896 seats are in the general category, 584 for Scheduled Caste applicants, 293 for Scheduled Tribe applicants and 117 seats for persons with physical disabilities.

Thanks Yogesh for pointing me to this item. Chitta

Very good item and probably well researched information.

Hope one day will come when the Indian populace and phds are in proportion and they can produce great national wealth that India can shine economically,socially and spiritually.

It is amazing to see that all IITs and other related articles can be found at one place-your site. With 3 new IITs and 4 more IIT extension centers (Ahmedabad, Trivandrum, Bhubneshwar and Calcutta), by 2012, about 10,000 students can join IITs each year.

The new IITs are planned in Karnataka, Andhra pradesh and Bihar. I wish govt. could have converted some of the existing colleges such as IT-BHU into IITs.

Each new IIT will need about Rs. 2,500-3,000 crores investment. There are many engineering colleges in our country which get only Rs. 5-10 crores per year!

The total intake to IITs this year is not 3,960; it is around 5,000.


Yogesh Upadhyaya
New Jersey, USA
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