Features and Significance of IIIT Laws (Amendment) Bill 2020

The Parliament on September 22, 2020 has passed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill 2020 after the Rajya Sabha approved the bill. The bill seeks to give five IIITs in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode – IIIT Bhopal, IIIT Agartala, IIIT Surat, IIIT Bhagalpur and IIIT Raichur, a tag of Institutions of National importance.

Key Facts

  • Currently there are 20 IIITs which are designated at institutions of national importance.
  • With the addition of these 5 institutes, total number would increase to 25.

Significance

  • The Institutions of National importance would have the power to give degrees and and categorise them as B.Tech, M.Tech or Ph.D. degree, which is currently issued by a University of National Importance.
  • The Institutes would then be able to attract more students to develop a strong information technology research base in the country.

Key Features of the Bill

  • The IIIT Laws Amendment Bill 2020 will amend the principal Acts of 2014 and 2017.
  • It Grant statutory status to five IIITs in PPP mode and declare them as Institutions of National Importance.
  • The bill mainly aims to formalize the institutes.
  •  The institutes functioning as societies, registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860, will now fall under the IIIT (PPP) Act, 2017 .
  • It also formalize the post of Director and Registrar in each of these IIITs without any additional financial burden.

Apart from this, in November 2010,  the Union Cabinet had also approved the scheme to set up 20 new IIITs in Public Private Partnership mode. Out of these, 15 IIITs have been covered under the IIIT (PPP) Act, 2017.