Monday, October 30, 2006


Rajarhat campus to be ready in five years

Rajarhat campus to be ready in five years

Third IIT-K campus in the eastern region at Bhubaneswar likely

Express News Service

Kolkata, October 30: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur will soon announce the location for setting up its third campus in the eastern region. Though Sanjiv Goenka, chairman, board of governors, IIT Kharagpur declined to say anything on the location, the name of Bhubaneswar is doing the rounds.

IIT Kharagpur on Monday announced the setting up of a new Kolkata campus at Rajarhat. The 10-acre campus, which would be built with an investment of Rs 250 crore, would be ready within the next four-five years, Goenka said. The student strength of the new campus would be around 2000, he added.

According to M Chakraborty, deputy director, the new campus would help IIT Kharagpur start inter-disciplinary courses, incubation programmes, short- term courses, etc.

“The focus would be on information technology, media & communications technologies, information assurance & security, urban and regional informatics, human resource management & business administration and bio-informatics,” Chakraborty said.

Chakraborty thinks the incubation centre for the start-ups will help in the development of R&D. “The new centre will have a major research focus, and the experience of research in Kharagpur will be replicated in the Kolkata campus.”

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