DHARWAD: Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said on Tuesday that the Indian Institute of Information Technology at Dharwad would be inaugurated by mid-April. If possible, the permanent campus of Indian Institute of Technology at Dharwad too will be inaugurated on the same occasion.
The foundation stone for both these institutes was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019 and hence, and efforts will be made to invite the PM and Union education & skill development minister Dharmendra Pradhan to inaugurate both the premier institutions, he added.
He spoke to media persons after visiting IIIT-Dharwad at Sattur Colony on Itigatti Road, around seven km from Dharwad on Tuesday.
Joshi said IIIT-Dharwad has come up on 60 acres at an estimated cost of Rs 114 crore. The total built up area is 41,800 square metre and houses an admin block, academic block, boys’ hostel with a capacity of 600, health and fitness block and the director’s residence.
The girls’ hostel can house 300 inmates and it has been donated by Infosys Foundation. The campus is equipped with all modern amenities including air-conditioned laboratories, naturally ventilated classrooms, indoor and outdoor WiFi, underground electrical trenches, smart street lighting among others.
The institution also houses a mega incubation centre to facilitate starts-ups.
Joshi said the institute should be a hub of innovations and rank among the top 100 best institutes. The graduates passing out from this institute should strive to take India to greater heights, he said.
The minister said the Modi-government has given preference to set up institutes of national importance like IIIT, IIT and AIIMS.
At present, India ranks third in start-up capital and the new institutions should make India the hub for start-ups, he said. Due to pandemic, the classes are held virtually and the physical classes will begin from March. The institute should partner with IT companies for exchange of ideas and student-industry interaction so that students get exposure to the IT world, said Joshi. He assured of getting more grants from the Centre for additional educational facilities required here.
IIIT-Dharwad director Kavi Mahesh said 834 students have been selected through JEE. Online classes have already commenced and the institute has decided to start offline classes from March 15. A total of 400 students will be attending the offline classes in March and by mid-April, the remaining students will join.
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