After inaugurating IIT Jammu, Union Minster for Human Resource and Development Prakash Javadekar inaugurated IIT Bhilai on Sunday, August 7. It is going to be the first IIT in the state Chhattisgarh and 23rd in India.
For this IIT, SAIL (Steel Authority of India) has played the biggest role by providing 325 acres of land to the institute. The land was in the possession of Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) and as soon the state government communicated with BSP, the BSP management sent the proposal to the SAIL management and got the approval.
Mr. Javadekar said it was a very good gesture from the side SAIL to provide land. He said it would definitely add some quality education to the state. During the inauguration, HRD Minister put more stress on research and innovation. He said, “We didn’t invent Google, Facebook, Windows, Whatsapp etc. But, many Indian fellows were part of their team. Our Prime Minister’s Vision is to promote research and innovation, therefore our government has contemplated various programmes to give impetus to the research in various fields”, he further added.
The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh also welcomed positively this new IIT and said it would increase the state’s status in the field of higher education. He said, “The state has IIM, AIIMS, IIIT, Central University and now IIT. It is a very good step towards success in the field of higher education.”
This new IIT will start from three branches namely Computer Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Mine Engineering branch would also be introduced from the academic session 2018-19. The initial strength of the first batch is 118 students, of which there are 105 boys & 13 girls and it is being mentored by IIT Hyderabad.
As it will take some time to build the main campus, the classes will run at its temporary campus at the Government Engineering College of Sejbahar.