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.