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15.05.15

HRD ministry approves IIIT for Nagpur

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Nagpur: After a long wait, the human resources and development ministry (HRD) has finally approved an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) for Nagpur. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that the state had received an approval letter from HRD ministry. This paves the way for starting the IIIT campus in city as early as the 2015-16 academic session.

Gulabrao Thakre, joint director of technical education (Nagpur), said, “We have to wait for HRD ministry to officially inform us about the first academic session, and we will move ahead accordingly.” Thakre, who has played a key role in coordinating for IIIT, added that the permanent campus may take minimum two years to be ready. “A temporary arrangement will have to be made and we are looking at possibilities. I am waiting for instructions from the government,” said Thakre.

IIIT Nagpur is being started on a public-private partnership (PPP) model and will come up on 39.96 hectare land behind Sutgirni, off Wardha Road, about 20km from city. Thakre said, “For the PPP model, the government has already chosen two private partners and soon a MoU will be signed. Tata Consultancy Services and Nagpur’s ADCC Infocad will hold 7.5% stake each, state government will hold 35% and remaining 50% will be with the centre.”

He added that the first batch of IIIT will have an intake capacity of 60 students. ADCC Infocad is part of the Meghe Group and its managing director Amit Somani says he looks forward to the task ahead. “We consider ourselves lucky to be part of such a prestigious institute. We were selected as one of the private partners because of our multidisciplinary expertise. We will provide students with an industry interface which will be beneficial to them when they move on to jobs.”

Vilas Muttemwar, former Nagpur MP, was one of the first persons to propose an IIIT for Nagpur. Muttemwar said, “In 2005-06, I aggressively pursued the IIIT issue as I felt our city deserved a national level institute. Since I was an union minister then, I was following it up regularly with the authorities concerned. However, I am thankful to the present government for finally approving it and ultimately benefiting the city.”

With IIIT, Nagpur can now boast of multiple national level institutes and further bolster its claim as an education hub. The prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM), National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) and National Law School (NLS) will also be coming up in city soon. The IIM is in fact at a more advanced stage of implementation and will operate for the time being from the sprawling VNIT campus.

What happens next for IIIT?

  • HRD ministry has to intimate the state government about the starting academic year
  • First batch will have intake capacity of 60 students
  • If it is to be started from 2015-16 session, temporary campus will have to be selected
  • VNIT seems to be the best option for temporary campus, considering its existing infrastructure and expertise
  • Permanent campus will take about two years to be ready


NATIONAL LEVEL INSTITUTES IN CITY

* National Fire Service College
* National Civil Defence College
* National Power Training Institute
* Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology
* National Savings Institute
* National Academy for Direct Taxes
* National Institute of Intellectual Property Management
* National Academy of Defence Production

INSTITUTES COMING UP & STATUS

  • IIIT: Approved by HRD. Might start operations from this academic session
  • IIM : Approved by HRD and will operate from VNIT campus for time being
  • NIPER:: CM confirmed location as Nagpur. Land to be identified
  • NLS: In-principle approval by govt in 2013. No headway since then

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