Rajya Sabha passes IIIT Bill; grants Institute of National Importance to 5 more IIITs.

5 more IIITs get Institute of National importance tag

On Tuesday Morning, Parliament Upper House Rajya Sabha passed a total of 7 Bills including IIIT Bill to declare 5 more Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) as Institute of National Importance (INIs) along with existing 20 IIITs.

  • The 5 IIITs are :
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology Bhopal
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology Surat
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology Bhagalpur
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology Raichur
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology Agartala
  • Other Institutes which also received Institute of National Importance tag are:
  • Rashtriya Raksha University, Gujarat
  • National Forensic Sciences University, Gujarat (also having campus at Delhi)

IIIT Laws (amendment) Bill will grants institutes to use the nomenclature of Bachelor Of Technology (BTech) and Master Of Technology (MTech) or PhD degree as is issued by IITs/NITs or any Institute of National Importance. The Bill will amend Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act, 2014 and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership PPP Model).

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Previously 15 IIITs were given the Institute of National Importance tag. With the addition of 5 more IIITs the list goes on to total of 20. The Bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha by Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and passed on Tuesday morning. The IIIT Bill was passed in Lok Sabha in the previous session on 20 March 2020.

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal in upper house said, “There are total of 25 IIITs in country out of which 5 are completely run by the government of India While 15 run on Public Private Partnernship (PPP) Model.

The Bill was supported by Biju Janta Dal &  other political parties. BJP MP Kamakhya Prasad Tesla supporting the bill said, “IIIT Bill will help the IIITs to attract more no. of students while it will enable the institues legal rights to issue diploma, degree and phD.

SI. No.StateShort nameEstablished
1Madhya PradeshABV-IIITM Gwalior1997
2Uttar PradeshIIIT Allahabad1999
3Madhya PradeshIIIT Jabalpur2005
4Tamil NaduIIITDM Kancheepuram2007
5Andhra PradeshIIIT Sri city AP2013
6AssamIIIT Guwahati2013
7GujaratIIIT Vadodara2013
8RajasthanIIIT Kota2013
9Tamil NaduIIIT Trichy2013
10Himachal PradeshIIIT Una2014
11HaryanaIIIT Sonepat2014
12West BengalIIIT Kalyani2014
13Uttar PradeshIIIT Lucknow2015
14KarnatakaIIIT Dharwad2015
15Andhra PradeshIIITDM Kurnool2015
16KeralaIIIT Kottayam2015
17ManipurIIIT Manipur2015
18MaharashtraIIIT Nagpur2016
19MaharashtraIIIT Pune2016
20JharkhandIIIT Ranchi2016
21GujaratIIIT Surat2017
22Madhya PradeshIIIT Bhopal2017
23BiharIIIT Bhagalpur2017
24KarnatakaIIIT Raichur2019
25TripuraIIIT Agartala2019
List of IIITs

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The Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha merged the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, New Delhi and Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar and form an institute of national importance. The newly formed University will be known as the National Forensic Sciences University,with its campuses both in Delhi and Gujarat.

The Rajya Sabha also passed the Bill to establish the National Defence University in Gujarat as an institute of national importance. It was passed by the Lok Sabha last week.


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