Wednesday, December 20, 2006
[ 21 Dec, 2006 0323hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]
JAIPUR: With the Union human resource development ministry approval, the path has been cleared for the setting up of three more Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) — in Rajasthan, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. At present there are seven IITs in the country — in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Roorkee, Chennai and Guwahati.
Vasudeo Devnani, minister of state for education, Rajasthan has been demanding the opening of an IIT for sometime now, as students from the state qualify in large number in IIT-JEE entrance and the state has produced number of toppers in the examination.
Rajasthan government is yet to decide where the IIT would be located, as the state government will have to make available 500 to 600 acres of land for setting up the institute. The chances are that it would be set up either in Jaipur or Kota.
Earlier, the state government had proposed that Kota Engineering College run by the state government be converted into an IIT, as all the necessary infrastructure was available there.
Chitta's note: Its great that Bihar and Rajasthan are two of the new IIT locations. Both were in the bottom of the HRD funded states list.
There will also an announcement about IIT for Karnataka in next few weeks. Each IIT will cost Rs. 3,000 crores.
Yogesh K. Upadhyaya
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