Union Minister for Human Resource and Development Prakash Javadekar will inaugurate the transit campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Jammu on Saturday. Javadekar shall be inaugurating the IIT Jammu’s transit campus on August 6, an official spokesman said.
A total of 90 students have been enrolled at IIT Jammu-30 each in computer science and engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering for the academic session, he said. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed between the Department of Higher Education, Jammu and Kashmir and the Department of Higher Education in the HRD Ministry, on May 1, 2016.
This has paved the way for transfer of land of the actual site measuring 159 hectare at village Jagti, Tehsil Nagrota at Jammu for setting up the IIT campus. The construction of transit campus spread over 25 acres within the actual site will start soon, he said.
The Parliament had on August 2 passed a Bill on setting up a IITs in Palakkad (Kerala), Goa, Dharward (Karnataka) and Bhilai (Chhattisgarh).
Replying to a debate on the bill, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said the IITs are the centre of excellence and they will continue to remain like that. “We will not allow anything that will lower their standards. Actually we all should try to improve them further and make them really world class institutes. Therefore quality is absolutely important,” he said.
On July 25, the Lok Sabha had passed the Bill which also seeks to bring the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, within the ambit of the proposed Act.
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