The move may allow admissions of as many as 30,000 additional students in the coming years
The prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) may soon open their doors to non-resident students. In a meeting scheduled for 23 August 2016, the IIT Council will discuss a proposal which will allow the admission of as many as 30,000 additional students in the coming years.
A source stated, "Right now, IITs admit up to 72,000 students in their undergraduate, post graduate or doctorate courses which are residential. However, it is being mulled that students, who will not stay in hostels should be admitted to these institutes."
"Rather than create infrastructure for hostel accommodation of 30,000 additional students, which will also take considerable time to come up, it is proposed to increase the intake of more talent by taking in non-residential students. The increase will be without compromising on the teaching process and would be subject to availability of adequate teaching facilities," he added.
Besides the admission of non-resident students, the council will also discuss “Vishwajeet” an initiative that seeks to boost the international standing of the IITs and the recruitment of teachers from among PhD students at the IITs.