Bowing to resistance from existing IITs, government on Wednesday decided that five of the six new institutes of excellence will have to set up their campuses separately from the coming session. HRD (Higher Education) Secretary R P Agarwal held a meeting with Directors of seven IIT Directors here to decide on the issue which has been a matter of controversy after the government suggested that the new institutes, started last year, should be mentored by the existing ones till they find their own space. During the meeting, it was decided that five out of the six new IITs would set up their own campuses separate from the existing ones.
'From the coming session, the new IITs will not be run at the mentor institutes. They will be shifted to their own campus. But the case of IIT Rajasthan may be delayed,' an IIT Director informed PTI after the meeting. Accordingly, IIT Bhubaneswar and IIT Punjab, which are functioning at their mentoring IITs in Kharagpur and Delhi at present, will be shifted to their own campuses from the coming academic session. Three others, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Gandhinagar and IIT Patna, are already running from temporary campuses.