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Govt allows NITs to double course fee

LiveMint logoLiveMint 09-05-2014 Prashant K. Nanda

New Delhi: The Union government has allowed the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) to almost double their course fees from the current academic year to Rs70,000 per year.

India has 30 NITs, considered next to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in the engineering and technology education space, that admit over 15,000 students at the B.Tech level annually.

The NIT council recommended the fee hike in October 2013 and the human resource development (HRD) ministry has now issued a circular to make it effective from the 2014-15 academic year.

“National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are advised to charge the common fee as per recommendations of the Council of NITs from the academic year 2014–2015,” said the circular issued by Rajesh Singh, director of NITs at the ministry.

Tuition fee for B.Tech, MCA and M.Tech programmes may be revised to Rs70,000 per student per year, the HRD ministry circular dated 5 May said. The circular was available on ministry’s official website on Friday. Fees for masters in business administration (MBA) and five-year MSc programmes will be decided by individual NITs.

Most NITs now charge Rs35,000 a year, with some charging Rs30,000 a year.

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