The Centre’s Narendra Modi government on Wednesday approved six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The new campuses will come up in Tirupati, Palakkad, Dharwar, Bhilai, Goa and Jammu while the Indian School of Mines (ISM) Dhanbad will also be upgraded to an IIT.
The Union cabinet, according to PTI, met met on Wednesday to give its ex post facto approval to amend The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 for incorporation of new IITs at Tirupati (AP), Palakkad (Kerala), Dharwar (Karnataka), Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), Goa, Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) and conversion of the ISM, Dhanbad to an IIT under the law.
“The approval will bring six new Indian Institutes of Technology within the ambit of The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 and declaring them as the institutions of national importance,” an official statement said.
The cabinet also gave ex post facto approval to set up NIT, Andhra Pradesh, which has been registered as a Society under the Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act, 2001.
“The proposed amendments to the NITSER Act, 2007 will ensure a high level of public accountability and increased participation of the stakeholders in the administration and academic activities of the Institute,” the statement said.