The minister-in-charge of technical education in the Union Government act as the chairman of the IIT Council body. The IIT Council body also comprises, three Members of Parliament, the Chairmen of all IITs, the Directors of all IITs, the Chairman of the University Grants Commission, the Director General of CSIR, the Chairman of IISc, the Director of IISc, the Joint Council Secretary of Ministry of Human Resource and Development, and three appointees each of the Union Government, AICTE.
The IIT Council body meet time to time to discuss functioning of IITs. Minutes of the IIT council meetings record the decisions taken by the IIT council body.
External Peer Review
IITs undertake external peer review of their functioning. The review is envisaged as an institutional review principally focusing on the core academic activities of teaching, research, as also interaction with the industry. The review takes into account the academic performance, such as governance, management structure, support systems and institutional culture. All of these are such as to enable the Institute being reviewed to realize the goals enunciated in its Vision and Mission statements. The review considers the charter spelt out by the Sarkar Committee as the IITs were set up as outlined by the Sarkar Committee Report.
Each IIT aims to establish a Green Office, which would carry out a Green Audit of its curriculum and its institutional management practices, such as energy, water, waste, construction projects, natural resource (forest, water etc.) and biodiversity conservation. Green Office will have provision to collect feedback from the community, external agencies and interested parties continuously. A sustained effort is planned to calculate and reduce carbon footprint within the campuses.
From time to time, MHRD initiates activities for evaluation and improvement of IITs.
IITs are autonomous bodies and are directly governed by the Parliament. IITs are thus required to answer the questions raised in the Parliament about their status and functioning.