Saturday, December 16, 2006
NOIDA, DECEMBER 15 In its continuing endeavour to emerge as a knowledge hub, the Noida Authority yesterday allotted four acres of land to the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) to set up its Noida campus. It is reportedly the first time that an IIT satellite campus is being set up.
Noida Authority Additional CEO Ravindra Naik says Noida was honoured by IIT’s decision to open a campus here, adding that the move confirms that Noida is by far the best location around Delhi in terms of infrastructure and amenities. He added that the presence of key industries in Noida and the township’s proximity to Delhi would prove advantageous to the IIT.
Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Yashpal Singh said the Noida Authority had sent a proposal to the Director, IIT Kanpur sometime ago requesting that a satellite campus be set up in the township. After IIT-K evinced interest, the Noida Authority allotted four acres in Sector 62.
Singh pointed out that Greater Noida has already become a tech zone. Companies like Wipro and NIIT have already acquired plots for their campuses in Greater Noida. Noida already has HCL and TCS.
Having an IIT satellite campus in Noida should greatly boost the existing IT industry — in terms of trained manpower and cutting-edge technology.
The Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow (IIM-L) opened a new campus in Noida in May this year. It was allotted nearly 20 acres in Sector-62 but while the building there is being built, it is temporarily operating out of Sector 16.