The year 2016 seems to be a good year for the student community. Recently, the Union Cabinet has given its consent to amend The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 for incorporation of new IITs at Tirupati (AP), Palakkad (Kerala), Dharwar (Karnataka), Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), Goa, Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir). Moreover, as reported earlier, there has been the conversion of ISM, Dhanbad to an IIT under the law.
Therefore, technically the country gets 6 new IITs, plus one elevation of an already existing veteran to the IIT level. The Cabinet also approved introduction of a bill—the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2016 for inclusion of the NIT, Andhra Pradesh in its first schedule, which was by far registered as a Society under the Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act, 2001
The proposed amendments to the NITSER Act, 2007 will ensure a high level of public accountability and increased participation of the stakeholders in the administration and academic activities of the Institute.