Cabinet approves to give the status of Institution of National Importance to 5 IIITs

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News: The Union Cabinet has approved the introduction of the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020

Facts:

Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020

  • It amends the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act of 2014 and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017

Features:

  • Grants statutory status to five IIITs in Public-Private Partnership mode at Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agarwal, and Raichur
  • Declares them as Institutions of National Importance along with already existing 15 IIITs
  • The five IIITs will have the powers to award degrees and use the nomenclature of B.Tech or M.Tech or Ph.D degree as issued by a University or Institution of National Importance