In this regard, IITs will open themselves to accreditation to get into the Washington Accord, which facilitates recognition of degrees by signatory countries.

However, unlike other institutes where the accreditation is carried out by an external agency, the National Board of Accreditation of IITs will hold their own review, said HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju on Monday.
 
He said going for an internal review was not a kind of special treatment given to the IITs as suggested. "It is up to NBA to decide whether the review IITs are doing is acceptable or not."
    
Seeking to defend the move accepted by the IIT council here, he said the internal review of IITs is much more stringent than the accreditation process itself. Besides, members from outside (but from within the IIT family) will be engaged in the accreditation.

According to him, the review will help India meet the requirements of Washington Accord. India is keen to join this group.
    
Raju said the development would also encourage other institutes including the private ones to emulate IITs feat and raise the quality of teaching.
    
Significantly, the IITs would also put themselves through an external peer review to be carried every five year. The directors’ performance would also be evaluated, in a development that promises to add to the overall profile of the IITs in the national and international space.     

The IIT Council, at its meeting today decided to open its PhD programme for all those who intend to do it under the IIT system.

With this measure, intake of IITs for Phd would be 10,000 from 3000 at present, Raju said. For students of centrally-funded technical institutes with Cumulative Grade Point Average above 7.0, admission into IITs would be possible without a GATE examination.

The IIT research systems would also work closely with national development goals such as defence, energy, urban development and manufacturing.
    
The meeting was attended by chairmen and directors of 16 IITs besides other members of the council. The external peer review, as discussed by the council, will take place one in five years. It would cover the new IITs as well.

The Review Committee will consist of five eminent persons from industry and academia, to be selected by the Chairman of the Council of IITs. The report of the Review Committee will be placed before the IIT Council for its consideration.
    
Besides periodic review of the institution, each IIT will similarly undertake, an in-house, department-wise review before any external Peer Review is carried out.

(Agencies)

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