Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States



Union Education Minister chairs the 54th Meeting of the Council of IITs.

Important points:

  • The IIT Council set up four committees to look at a range of issues – from funding to graded autonomy – of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and decided to go for “rationalisation of staff from current standard to a lower number”.
  • However, it did not elaborate on the rationalisation of staff and whether this includes reduction of both teaching and non-teaching staff.
  • IITs together are currently facing a shortage of staff by nearly 39%, as per official data.

On the basis of the recommendation of the Chairman of Standing Committee for IIT Council, four Working Groups were constituted on the following issues related to NEP-2020:

  1. Group-1: Graded Autonomy, Empowered and accountable BoG and Director
  2. Group-2: Grooming distinguished academics for directorship of IITs
  3. Group-3: Reform and restructuring of the Academic Senate
  4. Group-4: Innovative funding mechanisms

About IIT Council:

  • IIT Council is the apex decision-making body of the IITs.
  • The Council is chaired by the Minister-in-charge of technical education in the Union Government.
  • It has as its members MPs, chairpersons and directors of all IITs, chairpersons and directors of other eminent institutes such as IISc, etc.



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