Only 5 out of 10 IITs, IIMs to start this academic session

MHRD-logoDespite announcing of coming up at least 10 new IITs and IIMs in 2014, the government sees that only half of them will start from the coming academic session.

As per the media reports and other relevant sources, Ministry of Human Resource and Development might postponed the launch of proposed IITs in Jammu, Chhattisgarh and Goa and IIMs in Punjab and Odisha due to incompetence of fulfilling the requirements of the HRD ministry by the state governments.

Under the proposed institutes in different states, the ministry has asked the state government to give a draft of the suitable land for the permanent campus, which they fall apart. The ministry under Smriti Irani has decided to not give go-ahead unless the states fulfill the precondition set by the HRD ministry.

The modi-led government wants to ensure that the permanent campus should not be set up in a remote location and is well connected to an airport and the nearest town or city. The site selection committee constituted by the HRD ministry has visited all of the proposed 10 states to see the sites offered by the respective state governments. Of these, the panel has just finalised the site for IITs in Kerela andAndhra and new IIMs in Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra.

It is to be noted that the Modi government in its maiden budget has allocated Rs.500 crore for setting up of five IIMs and IITs. The government has laid stress on the higher education in the budget with the announcement of an IIT, upgradation of Indian Schools of Mines into full-fledged IIT.

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