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Modi's IIT, IIM idea: Few takers, many critics

Sceptics say funds should instead be made available to improve infrastructure, pay of faculty members at existing institutes

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's idea of ensuring quality education in the country by setting up an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in every state, if the party comes to power at the Centre, has not gone down well with industry and academia. It would mean setting up 13 new IITs, 15 IIMs and 21 AIIMS in the country. If Modi wants to fulfil his goal, industry says, it would be more sensible to invest in improving pay packages of faculty ...