Union HRD Minister Mr Prakash Javadekar inaugurated Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Goa this Saturday while IIT Dharwad which was to be inaugurated on July 31, is now postponed indefinitely. Academic classes will start from 1 August 2016. It was very well expected that the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Goa will begin its classes from the last week of July. Most IITs across the country started their new academic year from July 18, but the new Goa IIT took a week longer to begin. Initially, IIT Goa will run on Goa Engineering College campus. Repair works were presently on at the space allotted for the temporary campus of the IIT Goa at the Goa Engineering College (GEC) in Farmagudi.
On the inaugural ceremony of IIT Goa, Union Defence Minister Mr Manohar Parrikar and Chief Minister of Goa Mr Laxmikant Parsekar were also present. At the initial stage, IIT Goa has 90 seats, 30 each in three streams of computer engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. The institute has already admitted the required students. TWO of the six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) will begin classes early next week, under the mentorship of IIT, Bombay (IIT-B).
Since both the institutes are yet to get new campuses, the classes will be held in spaces allotted to them in other colleges. A 560-acre IIT Dharwad campus and a 300-acre IIT Goa campus will be completed in a couple of years.
Meanwhile, IIT Goa will conduct classes in Goa Engineering College. Students of IIT Dharwad will share the campus of the Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI). Students will have to share the academic blocks and hostel facilities with these colleges.
Goa has been informed that professor Siva Prasad based at IIT Bombay will coordinate the functioning of IIT Goa. From Goa, the operations of IIT Goa will be coordinated by IIT B faculty member Sharad Bharatiya. The institute will initially start functioning from the GEC, where a space in the mining department has been allotted to the institute. The space has already been inspected and was approved last year by officials from IIT Bombay. Other than the space in the mining department, GEC has also made space in its main building for the IIT. The same rooms and laboratories provided to the National Institute of Technology, when it first became operational in Goa in 2010, have now been provided to the IIT.
It can be noted that on 25 July 2016, the Lok Sabha passed IIT Amendment Bill 2016 for incorporation of six new IITs, including the one in Goa. The other new IITs are at Tirupati ( Andhra Pradesh ), Palakkad (Kerala), Dharwar (Karnataka), Bhilai ( Chhattisgarh ), Jammu (J&K) and conversion of Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad to an IIT under the Act.