Underlying his vision of converting Delhi into a ‘knowledge hub’, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said the need of the hour was not just to open new institutes in the city, but to upgrade existing ones and make them conducive to research.
Speaking in the Assembly in the context of converting Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT) into a university, he said, “The government is working day and night to make Delhi a knowledge hub. But just opening new institutes won’t work. It is important that existing ones be upgraded and options for research be provided in them.”
“Delhi has 19 Central universities, more than 20 colleges approved by AICTE and many approved autonomous private institutes. The plan to convert NSIT into a university was stuck for the last 20 years. Attending a function at the college once, seeing the energy there, made me pretty sure, that Delhi’s institutes too can become world class,” he said.
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Talking about the many changes NSIT will see on account of its university status, Sidodia said that the place would not only offer Delhi students good technical education, but also also good research facilities.
“As things stand today, NSIT can accommodate about 3,400 students. In the next 3-4 years, it will accommodate around 5,000. New courses not being offered anywhere in Delhi will be offered. Delhi students will be able to avail 85 per cent seats. For international exposure, 20 per cent added seats will be for NRI and foreign students. The university will not just offer technical education, but also state of the art research facilities,” Sisodia said.
The Cabinet has passed a proposal to convert NSIT into a university.