New Delhi: The government has decided to go in for a substantial fee hike of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) for the general category students where the annual tuition fee would increase four-fold from Rs. 50,000 each year to Rs 2 lakh per annum.

In addition, the government has also decided to have a common entrance test for IITs/NITs, state government-run and private engineering colleges throughout the country from 2013.

However, in order to insulate the students from the burden of paying the increased fee in one go, the government would allow the students to pay the increased amount in installment after getting placed in a job after graduating from the premier institute.

After the meeting of the IIT council on Wednesday, HRD minister Kapil Sibal said employers would pay the amount due of the students passing out of IITs directly to the college. It would be ensured under the proposed law that would allow dematerialisation of certificates in electronic format, employers would cross-check the validity of certificates from government and then they would be told to pay a part of salary directly to the institute.

The decision taken will not apply to students from Dalits, SC, ST and OBC (non-creamy layer) categories. Nor will it apply to those going in for M.Tech, Ph.D., M. Phil, or any other higher studies at the IITs.

As for keeping the common entrance test for the engineering colleges from 2013 across the country, Sibal said, “The decision is taken to ensure the easy and secure admission of the students from rural and poor families in the IIT, who cannot afford the money required for taking coaching classes before different engineering exams.” 

"A student's Class XII board results will be taken into account at the time of admission. The marks scored by students in best four subjects in class XII would be `normalized' through a formula devised by experts of the Indian Statistical Institute. On the basis of that, an all-India merit list will be prepared," the minister said.