Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, who introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha which designs at bringing the six new IITs and also the Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad under the scope of the IIT Act.
The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are autonomous public institutes of higher education, located in India. They are governed by the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 which declared them as institutions of national importance.
Each IIT is an autonomous institution, linked to the others through a common IIT Council, which oversees their administration. The Union HRD Minister is the ex-officio Chairperson of IIT Council.
In addition to B.Tech, M.Tech and MS programs, IITs also offers other graduate degrees such as M.Sc in Maths, Physics and Chemistry, MBA, PhD. Now, there are 20 institutions are under this council throughout in India, which is going to be extended to 26 though a recent bill.
The Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad (IIT (ISM) Dhanbad) is an institute of national importance located at Dhanbad, Jharkhand in India.
It was formerly known as Indian School of Mines Dhanbad and was a Deemed University under Section 3 of the UGC Act before it got converted into an Institute of National Importance under the autonomous Indian Institutes of Technology system and became Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad.
It is located in the mineral-rich region of India – Dhanbad. It is the third oldest institute after IIT Roorkee and IIT Varanasi which got converted into an IIT.
It was established by British Indian Government on the lines of the Royal School of Mines– London.
The six new IITs are proposed to be set up at the following locations,
- IIT Tirupati,
- IIT Palakkad,
- IIT Goa,
- IIT Dharwar,
- IIT Bhilai and
- IIT Jammu.
The newly amended bill aims at declaring ISM Dhanbad as an institute of national importance and to integrate it with the IIT system and it would be called IIT (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad.