Keeping the promise made in its election manifesto, the BJP-led government Thursday announced five new IITs and IIMs, allocating Rs 500 crore for the move.
While there is an over 12 per cent increase in the overall allocation for education, HRD Ministry allocation (Plan & non-Plan) for both the departments of Higher Education and School Education & Literacy has risen from Rs 74,621 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 83,771 crore.
The five new IITs will come up in Jammu, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Five new IIMs are proposed to be set up in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Orissa and Rajasthan, the sates already have an IIT each.
The HRD Minister is soon expected to write to chief ministers of all states concerned asking them to indicate at which location they would prefer the new institute to come up.
Andhra Pradesh is learnt to have already indicated that they would want the IIT in Tirupati while Kerala is said to have even managed to get over 200 acres of land around Thiruvananthapuram for its long awaited IIT.
The 10 new institutes apart, an IIT, an IIM and an NIT each will also come up in Seemandhra.
Among other new institutes proposed to be set up will be Jai Prakash Narayan National Centre for Excellence in Humanities proposed to be set up in Madhya Pradesh.