Parliament has passed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill 2020 with Rajya Sabha approving it today.
The Bill amends the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act, 2014 and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017. The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017 declares certain IIITs established under public-private partnership mode as institutions of national importance.
The Bill seeks to declare five IIITs set up under the public private partnership mode in Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala, and Raichur as institutions of national importance.
Replying to the discussion, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that technology is playing an important role in the development of the country. He said, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, special focus has been given to the technology sector.
Participating in the discussion, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa of BJP said that the morale of the students will get a boost after making IIITs as institutes of national importance. He said, the Central Government is committed to provide all assistance to the North East region.
Sasmit Patra of BJD demanded quota for Odisha in IIITs. Vijayasai Reddy of YSR Congress supported the Bill and highlighted its importance. RCP Singh of JD (U) said, this Bill will change the technology sector in a significant manner. He said a pool of good faculty must be created in the IIITs.
K. Raveendra Kumar of TDP raised the question on fee structure saying it will put burden on the students belonging to marginalized sections. Some other members A. Vijaya Kumar of AIADMK also spoke on the Bill.