Published On: Thu, Apr 7th, 2016

HRD Minister Smriti Irani promises 100 fee waiver for SC/STs, OBCs, disabled at IITs

Surat: HRD Minister Smriti Irani promised on Wednesday that all SC/ST, OBCs and physically challenged students will not have to pay fees at 23 branches of Indian Institute of Technology for higher studies.

HRD Minister Smriti Irani

HRD Minister Smriti Irani

A formal announcement to this effect will be made soon, she added.

“Happy to said that besides a complete fee waiver for these students, those with a family income of less than Rs 5 lakh will be given a 66% concession in the fees,” Irani confirmed on Wednesday.

Irani added the move will benefit nearly 50% of the 60,471 students enrolled in the country’s premier technology institutes.

The decision follows an IIT panel clearing a proposal for a three-fold fee hike, from Rs 90,000 to Rs 3 lakh per annum from the next academic session. The final decision on this rests with the HRD minister.

Irani, however, refused to comment on the hike and only said the fees had not been increased yet.

Irani was in Surat to participate in an event to mark BJP foundation day.

Currently, the IITs have a 15% reservation for SCs, 7.5% for STs, 27% for OBCs and 3% disabled. The 66% concession in fee will benefit a much larger number of students from the middle-class and lower middle-class segments

Inputs with TNN

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