Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Demand for an IIT in Hubli, Karnataka

Bommai wants IIT at Hubli-Dharwad

BANGALORE: Even as confusion prevails over the location of IIT in Karnataka, former human resource development minister S R Bommai has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to set it up in Hubli-Dharwad.

Bommai, in his letter, to the Prime Minister has stated that during his tenure as an HRD minister in 1996, he had set up a committee headed by scientist U R Rao, which submitted a report in 1998.

The committee after a thorough investigation had and recommended that the IIT be established in Hubli-Dharwad, Bommai has said. It is the best location as it is equidistant from Goa and Maharashtra too, the committee stated.

Over 300 acres of land has already been earmarked for IIT, Bommai said.

"Now it seems your office is planning to locate the IIT near Bangalore which is already congested. It is no more the place of tranquillity which is essential for such centres. I recommend that the IIT be set up in Hubli-Dharwad."

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