Nearly a month after the tag of Institution of Eminence (IoE) was given to the two top Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) institutes by the Centre, the Human Resource Development Ministry is all set to move forward by providing them greater autonomy and giving them greater freedom to decided on their fee and course structures. According to an Indian Express report, the Prakash Javadekar-led ministry is considering to set IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay free from the control of the IIT Council.

As an IoE, IIT Delhi and Bombay should be free to decide their tuition fee for domestic and foreign students. They can also have a flexible course duration and structure.

However right now, they still come under the control of the IIT Council, that has the power to decide tuition fee and course duration for the programmes run by them. The IIT council that is headed by the HRD Minister is the highest decision-making body for all the IITs.

“We want to remove contradictions. On one hand, as IoEs, the two IITs have extensive autonomy, but, under the IIT Act, they are still bound by the decisions of the IIT Council. This matter could be discussed at the upcoming meeting of the IIT Council on August 21,” Higher Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam said, adding that the review of the fee charged to foreign students is on the meeting agenda, and the matter to free the two institutes is still to be discussed.

UGC’s ‘Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities Regulations, 2017’ was approved by the Union Cabinet in the month of August last year.