Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws Bill 2020 | UPSC

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Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws Bill 2020 _ UPSC

Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws Bill 2020 | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

Rajya Sabha passes Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 today

      WHY IN NEWS:

The Bill will declare 5 IIITs in Public-Private Partnership mode at Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala & Raichur as Institutions of National Importance: Education Minister

MINISTRY? :- Ministry of Education
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 2 : Bills

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS go through the states and pin a map in your Prelims book .

For MAINS understand the significance of these IIIT’s and do you think these institutions can assist the IT boom in the Silicon Valley of India ? Let us dive in !

      ISSUE: 

Rajya Sabha passed Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in New Delhi today.

INDIAN INSTITUTES OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL 2020

OVERVIEW

  • The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was passed in Lok Sabha on 20th March 2020.
  • The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act of 2014 and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017 are the unique initiatives of the Government of India.

These Acts are to impart knowledge in the field of Information Technology to provide solutions to the challenges faced by the country.

AIM

  • The Bill will encourage IIITs to promote the study of information and technology in the country through their innovative and quality methods.

The passage of the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 will amend the principal acts of 2014 and 2017. 

  • The Bill will declare 5 IIITs in Public-Private Partnership mode at Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala & Raichur as Institutions of National Importance.
  • Thereby granting them statutory status along with the already existing 15 IIITs under the IIIT (PPP) Act, 2017, the Minister said.

SIGNIFICANCE

  • IIIT Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 will entitle the institutions to use the nomenclature.

Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) or Master of Technology (M.Tech) or PhD degree as issued by a University or Institution of National Importance.

  • The Bill will also enable the Institutes to attract enough students required to develop a strong research base in the country in the field of Information Technology.

BACKGROUND

(i) IIITs are envisaged to promote higher education and research in the field of InformationTechnology.

(ii) Under the Scheme of Setting up of 20 new IIITs in Public Private Partnership (IIIT PPP) mode as approved by the Union Cabinet on 26.11.2010.

(iii) 15 IIITs are already covered by the IIIT (PPP) Act, 2017, while remaining 5 IIITs are to be included under the Schedule of the Act.

IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY AND TARGETS

  • The objective of the present proposal is for formalization of IIITs at Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur.

These IIITs are already functioning as Societies registered under Societies Registration Act of 1860.

  • They will now be covered under the IIIT (PPP) Act, 2017, similar to the other 15 IIITs established under the scheme in PPP mode.

BENEFICIARIES

  • The emerging needs of the industry and the economy needs lot of human resources.

As a whole for skilled technical manpower is expected to be met from the talent pool of trained personnel of the institutes. 

STATES/DISTRICTS COVERED

  • States: Gujarat(Surat), Madhya Pradesh(Bhopal),Bihar(Bhagalpur), Tripura(Agartala), Karnataka(Raichur).

Every Institute shall be open to all person irrespective of gender, caste, creed, disability, domicile, ethnicity, social or economic background

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • The Act will declare the remaining 5 IIITs-PPP  as ‘Institutions of National Importance’ with powers to award degrees.
  • This will entitle them to use the nomenclature of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) or Master of Technology (M.Tech) or Ph.D  degree as issued by a University or Institution of National Importance.
  • It will also enable the Institutes to attract enough students required to develop a strong research base in the country in the field of information technology.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws Bill 2020 | UPSC

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