Parliament today passed a bill to declare the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh as a centre of national importance. The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed by voice vote in Rajya Sabha. Lok Sabha had passed the bill on July 26.
It provides for inclusion of IIITDM, Kurnool in the principal Act. This institute will be declared as an institute of national importance with the power to award degrees to the students.
The legislation was approved by the Union Cabinet in February. The IIITDM would become the fifth institute with this tag.
Replying to a short debate on the bill in Rajya Sabha, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said he has noted the suggestions and would reply to all of them. The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act, 2014 confers the status of Institutions of National Importance on the IIITs and also provides for matters connected with administering these institutes.
The government had approved the creation of the institute at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh as embodied in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014.
Due to the addition of a new IIIT, amendment has to be made in the IIIT Act, 2014. With this, IIITDM. Kurnool will be the fifth member as a centrally funded IIIT.