The Lok Sabha has passed Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016 or opening six new IITs.
The Bill seeks to amend the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 to add six new IITs as institutions of national importance.
Key Features of Bill
- Addition of six new IITs in Palakkad (Kerala), Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Goa, Dharwar (Karnataka), Bhilai (Chhattisgarh) and Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir).
- Bring the Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad (Jharkhand) within the ambit of the parent Act. All these institutions will be declared as institutions of national importance.
- Until the statutes in relation to IIT (ISM), Dhanbad are made under the parent Act, the statutes applicable to IIT Roorkee will apply to it.
The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 declares certain Institutes of Technology as institutions of national importance.