After a year of correspondence between the government of Haryana and the Indian Institute of Technology,Delhi (IIT-D),the latter has finally been given possession of a 50-acre plot in Sonepats Rajiv Gandhi Educational City.
A team of eight officials from IIT-Delhi,including the director of the institute R K Shevgaonkar,deputy director S N Singh and other deans,visited the plot offered by the Haryana government on Monday and have approved it.
The site will be developed as an extension of the IIT-Delhi campus and will include a science and technology park,a faculty development centre and a high performance computing centre.
Although the campus is an infrastructural expansion of the Delhi-based institute,its development is expected to be funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and IIT. It is also likely that the Haryana government will fund this project, institute officials said.
IIT-Delhi has also been pushing for another extension campus in the Jhajjar area where they had asked for about 100 acres of land. This second extension is being envisaged as IITs research campus while the Sonepat campus will be developed used for academic expansion.
A six-member team of faculty members and officials from IIT-Delhi had visited some plots in and around Jhajjar,near Gurgaon,in April last year to identify a site for the proposed expansion plans of the institute.
The team,comprising Shevgaonkar,professor M Balakrishnan and former director Surendra Prasad,has zeroed in on a site relatively close to Gurgaon.
According to officials,the plot in Jhajjar is likely to be used as a research facility as the current campus,which has about 250 acres of functional area,is not enough for the research needs of the institute.
IIT spokesperson Rakesh Kumar said that the case of the second campus is being actively pursued and is at a very advanced stage. Although the Haryana government is still considering the request for a second campus,the signs are very positive, Kumar said.
Deputy director of IIT-Delhi,S N Singh,said,IIT-Delhi is keen on bringing about a revolution in the technical education in Haryana. He emphasised that the training of IITs technical faculty and the high level of computation facility to be made available at the extension campuses would help the Haryana economy in a big way.