Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Indian Institute of Information Technology Public Private Partnership Bill 2017

Rajya Sabha passed the Indian Institute of Information Technology Public Private Partnership (IIIT-PPP) Bill 2017. The bill has already been passed in Lok Sabha. The bill seeks to grant degrees to the students IIITs set up in PPP mode. It will also grant statutory status to the fifteen IIITs established in PPP mode and declare them Institutes of National Importance.

Salient Features of the Bill

Expected to contribute towards research labs and projects, internship, faculty chairs etc. from time to time.Depute industry professionals as adjunct faculty, students to do research projects with Industry professionals as mentors.

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors shall be the principal policy making and executive body (In case of centrally funded IIITs/ IITs/ NITs, important policy decisions are taken by the IIIT Council).All members, other than the Chairperson and nominees of Central / State Govt. and Industry Partners, shall be appointed by the Board (unlike centrally funded IIITs in which IIIT Council nominates 4 members to the BoG). The Chairperson shall be nominated by the Visitor.The BoG has the power to grant degrees, diplomas, fellowships and scholarships. It also has the power to conduct enquiry against the Director.BoG has to put in place policies to make the institute self-sustaining in 5 (five) years.

Appointment of Director

The process of appointment of Director is initiated by the Board itself.Chairperson of BoG is also the Chairperson of the Search-cum-Selection Committee (ScSC) (In Central Government funded IIITs, chairperson of ScSC is separately nominated by the the Minister of HRD).Two other members of ScSC to be nominated by the Board itself from amongst eminent technocrats, industrialists, administrators, educationists, scientists, etc. (In centrally funded IIITs, one eminent person is nominated by the Minister, HRD.

Coordination Forum

It has only coordination and advisory role and not of policy making (unlike centrally funded IIITs which also have policy making role.It will be chaired by Minister, Human Resource Development (HRD) and Directors of all institutes will be members. Besides, three persons having special knowledge in industry, academia etc. also will be members.Representations provided by rotation- Four each from State Governments, Chairpersons of IIIT PPP and Industry Partners- to keep it at a reasonable size.

Financial Provisions and Audit

The Centre & State both may pay to the institute funds after due appropriations including scholarships or fellowships.The Board may create endowment funds for receiving donations.The accounts shall be audited by CAG or any other person appointed in accordance with the provisions of the extant rules.


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