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IIIT, Kurnool To Get Special Status, Centre Funding

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for introduction of The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Parliament to provide for inclusion of Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM), Kurnool the same status as other IITs in the Principal Act.

Following this, IITDM Kurnool will be declared as an institute of National Importance with the power to award degrees to students and the expenditure for its operations with funding from the Ministry of Human Resources Development directly.

The Institute will be open to all persons irrespective of gender, caste, creed, disability, domicile, ethnicity, social or economic background. It was designed to meet the emerging needs of the industry and the economy, as a whole for skilled technical manpower.

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 IIITs. Subsequently, the Government has approved creation of a new NIT at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh as embodied in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014.

Due to 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. The academic session has already commenced in IITDM Kurnool in two branches of study in 2015-16.

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