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6 IITs to get permanent campus soon

Even though there is a huge fund cut of Rs 3,900 crore in higher education for the financial year 2014-15, the Human Resource Development Ministry is ‘hopeful’ that six new IITs will be shifted to their permanent campus this academic session. According to a senior ministry official, six of total eight new IITs would start functioning from their permanent campuses.

“The construction as well staff recruitment work for new IITs is almost in the last lap. We have visited most of the sites identified for establishing buildings for new technical institutes and the remaining locations would be soon visited,” said an HRD official.

The six new technical institutions that will get their permanent address in academic session of 2015-16 include IIT-Bhubaneswar, IIT-Patna, IIT-Indore, IIT-Jodhpur, IIT-Gandhinagar and IIT-Hyderabad, while other two IITs such as IIT-Ropar and IIT-Mandi will have to wait for some time for a permanent campus. With an objective to expedite the functioning of other five new IITs, which were announced in the Narendra Modi government, the HRD ministry officials are making hectic visits to complete the land identification job.  An HRD sources said, “A team of officials have visited three states, where new IITs would come up, a few days back. The team is expected to visit other tow states of Kerala and Chhattisgarh in the coming days.”

It is pertinent to mention here that the Modi government in its maiden budget, which was presented in July last, had announced to open five new elite technical institutes in the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
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