IITs to get funds on expenditure-per-student formula

Create: 07/04/2011 - 18:36

Under a new plan, the Indian Institutes of Technology will receive funds from the ministry based on their student strength. The human resource development (HRD) ministry worked out the expenditure-per-student formula on the basis of IIT data on expenditures, such as faculty and staff salaries, retirement benefits, maintenance and other costs.

The 20 per cent formula was agreed at a meeting between the directors and higher education secretary Vibha Puri Das on May 5, 2011. 

Although government will provide 80 per cent funding to the premier technical institutions, IITs will have to raise 20 per cent of the money themselves.

For this year, an expenditure-per-student formula has been estimated at Rs 2.5 lakh. It will be raised every year taking into account inflation, staff and teacher salary increases, and other expenses.

“This funding system is much more logical. We can better manage the expenditures on faculties and maintenance of facilities like buildings, labs and hostels,” IIT Guwahati director Gautam Barua said.

Barua said IIT Guwahati received around Rs 27 crore a year from the Centre under the old “block grant” system but would now be entitled to Rs 90 crore because it has 3,600 students. It will receive Rs 72 crore from the Centre and have to generate the remaining Rs 18 crore on its own.

IIT Delhi director Surendra Prasad said raising 20 per cent of the money would not be a problem for the premier tech schools. The IITs already generate a little less than 20 per cent of their recurring expenses through students’ fees, research-based industrial consultancy and sponsored projects.

“The institutes are increasing sponsored research and consultancy work. We can generate 20 per cent of the recurring expenses,” Prasad said.

[Source: The Telegraph]

 

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

ya, good move. the ministry of health and family welfare can take a leaf out of the HRD ministry with regards to fees charged for students. it is a pity that the postgraduate training in AIIMS, India's premier health education institute happens at the rate of just Rs. 250 per year which a student need to pay in two installments in a year. it is obvious that the fees which was set at the time of India's independence is still continuing, the is no system even to absorb the inflation in the currency. what a drain on the exchequer! a classic case of the poor subsidizing the rich.............

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Education at all levels should be free,only then every body can get equal oppurtunity to developed. Higher education is not only the birth right of the rich people.education institution can not earn of its own. They are to provide good education to the people of the country.By compelling the education institutions to earn money deteriorating the standerd of education and giving way to only rich people to get higher education and debaring the inteligent poor students to go for higher education.our great leaders suggested at their time that education should be free for all.The education institutions are increasing fee structure so high that it is difficult for a common men to send their children for higher study.Govt. is framing rules only for 10% people not from 80% people who are below the poverty line.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Interesting. At least there is a public recognition that in addition to hefty capital expenditure, it requires a recurring expenditure of Rs. 2.5 Lakh per student per year, if one wants to maintain the teacher student ratio, teacher's qualification, library, etc. at the level of IITs. Even if IITs manage to generate 20% through fee and other means, Indian taxpayers still collectively pay @ Rs. 2 lakh per student per year to IITs.

Now the Govt. should also inform about the per student annual expenditure figures at other govt institutes like NITs/IIITs, state universities/colleges, e.g., DCE/PEC/NSIT/... It will let the country know about the differential treatment being given to some institutes as compared to most others.

One wonders how private institutes can be expected to provide high quality education without having the freedom to charge realistic fee and also without any govt. funding for recurring expenditure.

If Govt. deos not have the desire to financially support the private institutes even for recurring expenditure, it should not impose its control and inspector raaj on them.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Now IITs' will have justification for giving admission to ATTEMPTERS OF B.E. in M.Tech./P.hD. to keep their research industry running.
Already more than half of students pursuing M.Tech./PhD are attempters of B.E. and IITs' have no provision of examining such attempts of B.E. ,considering only degree( in which no attempts/backpapers of B.E. are disclosed).
Anybody can assess level of research by such mojority of attempters as researchers in IITs'.
More the students,more will be the earning.EXCELLENT FORMULA of money minting.

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