West Bengal’s first Indian Institute of Information Technology in Kalyani, Nadia will begin its first academic session from July with a total strength of 60 students, minister for information technology Amit Mitra Tuesday announced in the state assembly.
Until the construction of the institute’s own building on a 50-acre plot with an investment of Rs 128 crore is over, the institute will temporarily conduct classes on the premises of a private college.
The Central government’s equity share in the entire project is 50 per cent, followed by the state government’s 35 per cent whereas the remaining 15 per cent equity will be jointly held by three companies – Coal India, Rolta India and JSW.
III-T Kalyani is going to the 11th such institute in the country. Incidentally, Kalyani is also slated to get its own campus of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the approval for which came last week from the Central government.
At present, West Bengal has 800 IT companies employing nearly 1,30,000 people, with its IT exports figure for 2012-13 standing at Rs 11,200 crore.
“In the IT sector, we are progressing very fast with all governmental operations too being a part of it,” Mitra said.
The TMC government wants to further this as it plans setting up 13 IT parks and two hardware parks in the state. The government’s efforts in the IT sector, however, experiences a minor blemish as it still does not have a concrete answer regarding the setting up of its two prestigious projects – tech giant Wipro’s second campus and Infosys’ first.
Both the firms have said they would not begin construction work unless the state government grants their projects SEZ status. Wipro and Infosys were given 50 acres of land each in Rajarhat on a concessional rate to set up of their campuses. Several rounds of talks have taken place between the state government and the two firms but there has been no headway so far whatsoever.
The projects hang in balance also because Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has turned down the request for SEZ status.
“We don’t know what to do with these two projects. Maybe we will have to wait for the new IT policy of the Narendra Modi government in order to find a way out,” an official of the department said.