The annual fee for undergraduate courses in the IITs will be hiked to Rs 2 lakhs from Rs 90,000, from the upcoming academic session, according to officials of the Human Resource Development Ministry.

A proposal for such a hike in annual fees of IITs was approved by an IIT panel last month. The Standing Committee of IIT Council (SCIC), a body comprising of IIT directors and senior officials, had, proposed a hike in fees to Rs 3 lakhs a year.

According to sources, the fee of the SC, ST, disabled students and students belonging to families with annual income below Rs. one lakh will be waived. Students belonging to families with annual income below Rs. five lakh will get waiver of two-third of the fee.

On Wednesday, Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani promised a 100% fee waiver for all SC/ST, Dalit and physically challenged students of the 23 branches of IIT.
Irani said those students, who come from families whose annual income is less than Rs. five lakh, will be given a 66 percent concession in tuition fees. She added that the move would benefit nearly 50 percent of the 60,471 students enrolled in India’s top engineering institutes.

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