New Delhi : HRD Ministrer Smiriti Irani is pushing hard for funds to quickly set up at least eight new IITs. The decision however has not been welcomed by many.
IIT Kharagpur student Digvijay Patil said the ministry should look forward to upgrading and strengthening the infrastructure of existing 16 IITs before new institutes are started, said a newspaper report.
Students from older IITs have began an online petition seeking review of the move, and 6,000 signatures were gathered in less than a week.
Social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook is abuzz in support of the petition.
The petition pointed out issues such as acute shortage of competent teaching staff and inadequate facilities.
IIT recruitment reports show only 62 per cent of the total requirement has been fulfilled. Among these faculty positions are also teachers on visiting, adjunct and contractual arrangements The petition made further claims that in spite of the average strength of any IIT being 1,000, the maximum number of students enrolled is 500.
Students fear that if eight new institutes are set up in such a situation, they will be no better than the eight struggling IITs set up in 2009.
States that are yet to have an IIT are Kerala, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Goa, Sikkim and Chhattisgarh. Seemandhra has already been promised an IIT.