New Delhi: An IIT panel on Monday recommended raising tuition fee of undergraduate programme from Rs 50,000 to Rs 90,000 per annum. The standing committee of the IIT council, which met in Mumbai, however, decided not to burden students from the weaker sections like STs and OBCs with the fee hike, sources said.

IIT council, the highest decision making body of these institutes, will take a final call on the recommendations at its meet on January 7, they said.

The development comes as an empowered task force is still considering the details for implementation of the Kakodkar Committee which had recommended last year a steep hike of Rs 2-2.5 lakh per annum from the existing Rs 50,000.

As the task force is in the process of deliberation, sources said raising the fee by Rs 40,000 per annum would be an "interim measure".

The Kakodkar Committee constituted by the Council of IITs had suggested the four-fold increase in tuition fee to help IITs attain financial independence.

The IIT Council had given in principle approval to the recommendation to be implemented from 2013, with the then HRD minister stating that the extra burden would be "paid back" by students once they are employed.

A group of directors of IITs, in the meantime, at a meeting in February considered the proposal for tuition fee hike.

The IIT panel, which also deliberated on the Kakodkar Committee report on way of scaling up number of Ph.D students in the IIT system from 1000 to 10,000 per year by 2025, is understood to have also favoured waiving GATE exam for Ph.D aspirants.

The scores of the students will be taken into account in the B.Tech exams for direct entry.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is mandatory for students going for Ph.D programmes and getting scholarships.

Sources said the matter was discussed by an empowered group as well as in the committee of directors of IITs. The decision could also benefit students from other centrally funded technical institutes.


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