The IITs on Friday declared to increase the fee for M.Tech courses by ten times. The students studying MTech Programs in IITs will be paying a higher fee now, which goes up to Rs 2 lakh per year, bringing it at par with its BTech courses. The hike is planned to be introduced in a distributed manner for three years, starting from academic session 2020.
The tuition fees for MTech Programs range from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 per semester, as of now. According to TOI, the apex institute will also stop the monthly stipend of Rs 12,400 given to the MTech scholars who join the system based on their GATE scores. The Council meeting, chaired by UN HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, also approved the ‘tenure track pathway’ to evaluate the performance of its faculty members. The evaluation system has been introduced to cut out on the inconsistent staff members and the introduction of new productive faculty members after a fifth-year performance review.
The proposal has been made on the suggestions of a three-member committee on reforms on MTech Programmes in the IITs. An official said, “The committee had recommended uniform fee structure for MTech program in all IITs and for charging the same fee for MTech as in BTech programs.”
MTech tuition fees for IIT-Delhi is Rs 10,000, while for IIT-Mumbai is Rs 5,000 per semester. IIT-Madras has a tuition fee of Rs 5,000 plus a onetime payment of Rs 3,750; IIT Kharagpur‘s fee for the first semester is rs 25,950 with a Rs 6,000 security deposit and Rs 10,550 for other semesters. Seven older of the 23 IITs have approximately 14,000 MTech students.
The Council has made five critical recommendations.
1. MTech fees will be increased to Rs 2 lakh per year, and the needy students will be pardoned.
2. Rs 12,400 monthly stipend given to MTech scholars who join through GATE scores will be discontinued.
3. MTech students willing to take up the role of teaching assistants will be given a disbursement on the 50% fee hike.
4. The top 1 percentile students could be offered a five-year fellowship if they pursue a Ph.D. from a top Indian institution.
5. A mechanism to encourage IITs to go for sponsored students from the industry to pursue MTech courses will be developed.
“Discouraging students who come through GATE”
The fee hike would serve two additional benefits, that is, more funds will help the IITs to improve its education and research standards while discouraging students who come through GATE from discontinuing the MTech course. Several PSUs hire the MTech students before they even conclude the first year of their classes based on their GATE score, leading to vacant seats at IITs.
IITs will also be hiring contract professors from abroad. The HRD ministry stated that the evaluation system will be done by an internal committee after three years and will be done by an external committee after the fifth year.
Another IIT official said, requesting anonymity, that IIT and MTech seats should be occupied by serious students and should not become a place of passing the time and risk reduction for the students.