Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, the HRD Minister announced that the Indian Institute of Technology won’t hike the tuition fee in IITs for the subsequent academic year 2020-21. This official announcement has been made by the minister of Sunday i.e., on 26th April 2020. IIT is one of the top technical institutions across the nation. After discussions with the chairman, directors of all IITs and the standing committee of IIT Council, the minister has made this decision.
Considering the current risky situation across the nation amid the COVID-19 crisis and the hardships of students, the Ministry took this decision. This decision will come into action for centrally-funded. A standard 10 percent hike in the tuition fee won’t be implemented for various UG courses in IITs this year. The Minister further added that he asked the IIITs as well no to hike the fee for other programmes. As per the reports, one of the students pursuing B.Tech in IITs has been paying Rs. 2 Lakh as the annual fee.
Previously, the Education Minister also pleased various private school officials to think again about the increase in the annual fee amid COVID-19 lockdown. He also added that the parents of the students across the nation asked the minister about the same. Due to the coronavirus crisis nationwide, different private schools have increased their annual fees. Informing the same to the minister, the parents brought this matter to his notice.
The Minister said, ‘I request all schools to join hands in the fight against corona and reconsider their decision.’ A total of 6 candidates of IIT Madras acquired jobs in multi-national companies in campus placements. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, some of the companies have revoked their job offers. However, the Minister requested the companies not to cancel the job offers of the students.