: IIT-Rajasthan Inaugurated
The Indian Institute of Technology-Rajasthan (IIT-R) was inaugurated in Kanpur on Saturday. Around 109 students, including eight girls, had their first feeling of the elite institution during the day as they visited the classrooms in the Environmental Engineering building after the inaugural function.
Earlier, 120 students were selected for BTech programme in three streams — computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering —through IIT-JEE, though the campus is yet to be established in Rajasthan.
Addressing the guests, Rajasthan minister for higher education Kalicharan Saraf said the Central government was politicising the issue of location of IIT. "We have already allotted 700 acres of land for the institute in Kota though the final nod from Union HRD ministry is awaited," he said. On the issue of increasing demand for engineering courses, he said there were hardly 39 engineering colleges in Rajasthan in 2003-04 but by 2008, the number of colleges went up to 70.
Minister of state for home affairs, Shri Prakash Jaiswal said IIT-R should come up as an ideal institute for other academic institutes. A specialised degree course on security should be started in the new institute, which is the need of time, he suggested.
IIT-K director, SG Dhande said that as the mentor, he would extend all possible help to the students of IIT-Rajasthan, for whom the academic session would commence on August 4. The students would be accommodated in the dormitories with approximately 15 students in each hall. Besides, they would be provided with labs in the morning and the classes for them will take place in the evening," he said.
A few faculty members of IIT-K had agreed to teach the IIT-R students and more teachers were being hired for the purpose, he said. Secretary, Ministry of HRD, RP Agarwal said that being the pioneer batch, the students would be setting an example for the coming batches. There are nine more IITs coming up as per the 11th five year plan. Thirty teaching posts and 33 non-faculty positions have been sanctioned, he said. Apart from this, there is a plan to upgrade IT-Benaras Hindu University, he said.
Minister of state for HRD, D Purandareswari said that as far as Kota was concerned, they were looking into the proposal but at the same time other suitable cities were also being considered for setting up the institute.