Kerala to Get its IIT Institute Soon – Union Budget 2014

Published on: 10 Jul, 2014
Published under: Education News Kerala

Finally An IIT in Kerala State too , Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2014 in which Kerala State along with other states will be getting the top notch engineering colleges i.e. IIT’s(Indian Institute of Technology). The minister of state for human resources E Ahamed has confirmed that the Centre has agreed to set up an IIT at Palakkad.

With the Narendra Modi government promising to establish Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in all States, S. Sreenivasa Murthy, former Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Karnataka and former professor at IIT Delhi, has demanded that the institute be set up in Karnataka and Kerala to rectify regional imbalance.

The minister announced plans to set up five new IITs including one in Kerala and 5 IIMs as well. There was also a proposal to set up four more AIIMS.

Earlier, it was widely speculated that Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) would be elevated to an IIT. Even chief minister Oommen Chandy had told the Assembly that it was among the seven institutes selected from a list of 200 by the human resources development ministry. The state government had also thought of providing 300 acres of land for CUSAT if this happened.

Prof. Murthy, who has written to Union Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Irani, said Karnataka and Kerala had been educationally conscious, and getting quality faculty members to IITs in the two States would not be difficult compared to many of the new IITs that had been suffering from problems of connectivity and ambience.

The new IITs must be within a two-hour drive from a major airport to attract best faculty members and students. Any other remote place decided due to “political pull” would be disastrous and investment would go in drain, Prof. Murthy, former director of the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, said.


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