Friday, September 18, 2009

Five new NITs coming up in North-eastern States

IMPHAL, Sept 18: Five new National Institutes of Technology (NITs) would be set up in the Northeastern States of Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim. Manipur Information Centre officials here today said the Union Cabinet yesterday approved setting up of new NITs in nine States, including five in NE States.

The process for setting up of these new NITs will start in 2009-10 with formation of their respective societies, constitution of their Board of Governors, appointment of Directors and other formalities.

The admissions in these new NITs will be made from the academic session 2010-11 and classes will start either in campuses taken on lease or temporarily in mentor NITs. Work for construction of campuses for these new NITs would also be initiated subject to the land being provided free of cost by the States/UTs concerned. The process of setting up the institutions will be completed over a period of five years.

The new NITs are being set up to cater to the needs of States/UTs, which do not have these premier institues as of now.

This will meet a long standing demand of these States/UTs. These Institutes will be covered under the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007, making them institutions of national importance, which will ultimately help in addressing the aspirations of people, especially from the Northeast region.

The new NITs will be able to provide high quality education to many of the bright students from these States/UTs, as 50 per cent of the seats are to be filled from the eligible students from these States/UTs. Many of the States/UTs where these new NITs are being opened, especially those in Northeast, are lacking in national- level technical institutions.

The new NITs will increase in output of high quality by producing engineering and science graduates in the short run and postgraduates and PhDs in the long run; providing teachers for Engineering and Science subjects at College/University level; and developing Research and Development and Intellectual Property generation in Engineering and Science in the long run.
Each of the NIT in the five NE States will be established at a cost of Rs 250 crore. Presently, there are 20 NITs located at Agartala, Allahabad, Bhopal, Calicut, Durgapur, Hamirpur, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Jamshedpur, Kurukshetra, Nagpur, Patna, Raipur, Rourkela, Silchar, Srinagar, Surat, Surathkal, Tiruchirapalli and Warangal. (UNI)

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