The government approved doubling of fees in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The HRD Ministry approved the recommendation of the CNR Rao Committee that the fee for B Tech and M Tech courses be raised from INR 25,000 to INR 50,000 per annum. Though the government had assured that there would be adequate scholarships for the weaker sections, especially at the post graduate level, it appears that the total amount allocated for scholarships has not been increased. The committee said a hike was necessary for IITs to cope with the rising cost of education and running the Institutes, a view also shared by the ministry.
The new fees structure would be effective from the new academic session and would be applicable to all IITs, including the three new one being set up in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan.