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Analysis of the Indian Institute of Information Technology Laws (amendment) bill, 2020


Authored By : Ankita Roy


Abstract:

The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, was passed in the month of March in Lok Sabha with a view of establishing 5 remaining institutions that should be of national importance, with a mission of developing new form of knowledge in the field of information technology. This article is the analysis of the amendment bill and discusses about the objectives, details and impact of the amendment bill.


Keyword:

Amendment; institutions; nominated; Act; Information Technology;


Introduction:

The Lok Sabha passed a bill that was introduced before it along with eight other bills. It passed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which seeks to confer the status of Institution of National Importance on five more Indian Institute of Information Technology that are supposed to be established under the passed bill.

The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha so as to amend the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act, 2014 and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public- Private Partnership) Act, 2017, that are unique initiative taken by the Indian Government to impart knowledge in the field of Information Technology to provide solutions for the problems faced by the country.

THE INDIAN INSTITUTES OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACT, 2014:

The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act, 2014 was enacted so as to introduce the Indian Institute of Information Technology that are envisaged for the promotion of research and higher education in the field of information technology. This act states the applicability, institutions, composition, powers of board of governors and other functions of the institution.

THE INDIAN INSTITUTES OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP) ACT, 2017:

The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017 was enacted with view to declare certain Indian Institute of Information Technology under the Public-Private partnership mode. This act aims to establish 20 IIITs and declare them as Institution of National importance, provide the global standards man power for the information technology industry and to provide for the other matters relating to this field. Under the said act, fifteen institutions have been established and the Government has decided to establish five more institutions.


Objectives:

The aim of introducing this bill was to bring amendments in the previously enacted IIIT Act, 2014 and IIIT (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017. The objective of this act is the establishment of the five Indian Institutes of Information Technology at Bhagalpur (Bihar), Surat (Gujrat), Raichur (Karnataka), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Agartala (Tripura) under the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017. The proposed bill also provides the rectification of the error under sec.41 sub-sec. (3) of the Indian Institutes of Information Technology, 2014 so as to substitute the word “elected” with the word “nominated”.


Impact:

The major impact of the bill will be on the five institutions as they will be declared as of national importance similar to the other fifteen institutions and will have the authority to award degrees. It will also enable the institutions to attract students to required for the development of a strong research base in the field of information technology.

This bill does not strain the finances of the Government as the five institutions to be established are covered under the budgetary. Thus, the bill does not involve any other additional expenses either recurring or non-recurring.


Analysis:

The Indian Institutes of Informational Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 covers the other IIITs Act of 2014 and 2017. It has been introduced to bring amendment in the IIIT Act of 2014, as “elected” has been substituted with “nominated” for the proper understanding of the section. This bill extracts the term of office and allowances payable to the members of the council. This bill has been introduced with an aim to declare the new established Indian Institutes of Information Technology to provide these universities the status of Institute of National Importance and give them the power to award degrees. This enactment is for the good of the information technology. The establishment of the institutes with such status can allure the young minds to be a part of information technology and its evolution in this growing world. The secondary impact of this bill is that it helps in the escalation of the research base and with the success in the field of information technology it can lead to the country’s global growth.


Conclusion:

The introduced bill has its impact on the field of information technology, its education and the research base. It provides the national importance status to the institutes of information technology. This bill has widened the opportunity for the institutions to allure students with its status, and to make a strong research base for the field of information technology.


Reference:

[1] THE INDIAN INSTITUTES OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2020, http://164.100.47.4/BillsTexts/LSBillTexts/Asintroduced/61%20_2020_LS_ENG.pdf;

[2] Cabinet approves the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 https://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/news_updates/cabinet-approves-the-indian-institutes-of-information-technology-laws-amendment-bill-2020/;

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