The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi approved the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Bill will approve the formalization of IIITs at Agartala, Bhagalpur, Bhopal, Raichur, and Surat. The institutions will now be covered under the IIIT (PPP) Act, 2017. Provisions of the Bill: The Bill aims to promote higher education and research in the field of Information Technology. The Bill declares the remaining 5 IIITs-PPP (IIITs at Agartala, Bhagalpur, Bhopal, Raichur, and Surat) as Institutions of National Importance along with the other 15 IIITs established under the scheme in PPP mode. The Bill empowers the institutes to award degrees. It will entitle the Institutes to use the nomenclature of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) or Master of Technology (M.Tech) or Ph.D. degree as issued by an Institution/University of National Importance.
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