Rs 100,000 Cr is the estimated overall cost of the Digital India programme.
New Delhi: The Joint Council of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has proposed a pan-India common entrance test for admission to the IITs and National Institute of Technology (NITs).
The Council also proposed to cover State Government run and private engineering colleges across the country, under the common examination.
Addressing a press conference in Delhi after the meeting of the Council the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said the concurrence of the Central Advisory Board of Education and state Education Ministers would be sought before implementing the proposals.
The Council has proposed to put the operation from 2013-14 academic years.
An all-India merit list will be prepared based on the combined weightage given to class XII exam and to a common test. The examination will test a student's logical ability and knowledge on non-subject matters, Sibal said.
The joint Council also agreed to raise the fees of IITs students from Rs 50,000 a year to Rs two lakh as recommended by the Kakodkar Committee.
The Council also agreed that during the study period the student will pay only Rs 50,000 and the balance of fee of Rs 1.5 lakh will be recovered from him when one gets employed.
This fee hike would impact only general catagory students as students from ST, SC and OBC except creamy layer will continue to pay old fee.
The HRD Minister said that the IIT will raise its faculty strength from 4,000 to 16,000 faculties by 2020 and produce 40,000 PHD's by then.
The Minister said that the Council took note of the incidents of suicides for varying reasons in IITs. The Council decided to constitute a Task Force headed by an eminent person and includes representatives of parents, teachers, alumni, professional counselors and to submit its report within four months.