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Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)

The Times Of India : News

Nagpur to host state's first IIIT; govt identifies land Kaladongri, off Wardha Road

The Indian Express : News

IIIT: Pune's loss is Nagpur's gain

NAGPUR: Close on the heels of Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur is set to host what could be state's first Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT). Minister for higher and technical education Rajesh Tope claimed, the institute will start from next academic session and they had identified about 100-acre land near Kaladongri, off Wardha Road. "We have roped in IT major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as third partner besides Centre and state for the institution," Tope told TOI from Mumbai.

Collector Saurabh Rao, who was entrusted with the task of finding a suitable land, said they had initially identified a couple of areas and had gone to Mumbai with proposals. "In the meeting with higher and technical ministry officials there, Kaladongri was chosen," he said.

The centre would be providing Rs100 crore, state Rs35 crore while Rs20 crore would be pumped in by the TCS for setting up the centrally-sponsored institution. Rao added that there were two proposals for IIIT, including one from Pune. "There are some problems in getting such a big tract of land in Pune. So, only Nagpur's proposal was discussed and cleared," he said.

TOI, on April 12, 2008, had reported about Union HRD ministry's decision to set up an IIITs during the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12) to address the challenges faced by the Indian IT industry and growth of the domestic IT market. It was contemplated to set up 20 IIITs on private-public partnership (PPP) in the country where the central and state along with the industry would be stakeholders. At present, Allahabad, Gwalior, Jabalpur, and Kancheepuram have centrally sponsored IIITs, while three others in Hyderabad, Kerala and Bangalore are sponsored by the respective states on PPP models. Even National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has recommended setting up such institution in state.

The IIITs are a part of initiatives by NASSCOM for educational and workforce enhancement. It will churn out highly specialized professionals with skill sets in emerging technologies. The city-based Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED) took up this demand and wrote to the government to constitute an experts' panel for establishing IIIT either at Nagpur, Amravati or Gondia for the benefit of students residing in Vidarbha.

Tope informed that bills for IIIT and MNLU would be brought in legislature during the forthcoming winter session in Nagpur. "After getting clearance from assembly and council, the proposals for both institutions would be dispatched to Union HRD ministry," he said.