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IIIT Laws (Amendment) Bill 2020 passed in Rajya Sabha; National importance tag to five new institutes

IIIT Laws (Amendment) Bill 2020: The government has today (September 22, 2020) passed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) bill in the Rajya Sabha. Through this bill, 5 institutes would receive the tag of Institute of National Importance located in Surat (Gujarat), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Bhagalpur (Bihar), Agartala (Tripura) and Raichur (Karnataka)- set up under the Public-Private Partnership (PPC) model.

The bill amends the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017 and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act, 2014. Currently, these institutes are registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 as Societies and do not have the right or the power to grant degrees or diplomas.

Now, on being declared institutions of national importance, in the bill, the five institutes of IT will be granted the power to grant degrees.

The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was passed by Lok Sabha on March 20, 2020, in the previous session. Later on, the bill was introduced in the upper house on September 21, 2020, by Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the Minister of Education.

Watch the whole discussion by clicking on the link below:

The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 https://t.co/HpBb3WvkZ0

— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) September 22, 2020

Out of the 25 IIITs in the country, 15 IIITs operate under public-private partnership mode and 5 are being run by the central government of India.

Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the Minister of Education said that bringing the five new institutes under IIITs Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 will make the institute of national importance and will have the legal right to issue degree, diploma, PhD etc.

 

The bill will also enable the institutes to attract enough students in the country required to develop a strong research base in the field of IT, Information Technology. BJP MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa thanked education minister and the Prime Minister for including the institute in Agartala in the amendment bill. BJD MP Dr Sasmit Patra supported the bill.

In the discussion on the parliament, the Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that technology is playing an important role and therefore special focus has been given to the technology sector under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

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