5 new IIT's like institutes will be set-up by 2017 says Pallam Raju
According to the latest news, the Union minister for human resource development MM Pallam Raju has announced that five new institutes of science, research and engineering will be set up in the country by 2017 as part of the 12th five-year plan. This is a unique step taken keeping in mind the demand of the students and their interest towards science and engineering background.
Addressing the students of IIT-Hyderabad on its temporary campus situated at the ordnance factory at Yeddumailaram, near here, on Saturday after laying the foundation stone for IIT’s Administrative Block at Kandi village, Pallam Raju said the modalities for establishing the institutes were being worked out and their location was yet to be decided.
Apart from engineering and technology, primary and higher education will receive focus.
‘’Our focus is on improving the human resource in every way possible. During the 11th plan period, 52 educational institutions, including eight IITs, seven IIMs, ten NITs, 12 central universities and two engineering schools of architecture, were set up. Prime minister Manmohan Singh has launched the National Skill Development Mission recently for imparting skills to about 50 crore youth in the country by 2020 so that they can survive and get employment anywhere in the world.’’
Towards that goal, he said, the government is thinking of doubling the number of polytechnics and ITIs in the country.
Claiming that IIT had a good brand value in the world, Pallam Raju said that enhancing it further was the duty of the students of IIT.
IIT students have to think innovative and, at the same time, commercially. But, above all, they should focus on research that will help the people at large. ‘’Think like a global citizen but with focus on catering to the needs of the locals,’’ he said.
Explaining the difference between new and old IITs, the Union HRD minister said new IITs were linked with industries and students were imparted knowledge that would spur industrial development.
He said four IITs figure in the top 60 institutes of technology in the world and every effort is being made to develop them to the level of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US.
IIT-H director UB Desai, board of governors chairman BVR Mohan Reddy, Sangareddy MLA Toorpu Jayaprakash Reddy, district collector A Dinakar Babu and others were present.