As an expansion to providing quality technological education to the students, the HRD Ministry had proposed the establishment of new IITs in several states, apart from the running ones. The proposal to set up an IIT in Jammu and Kashmir was approved by the ministry last year, and since then the project has made few developments. In a major step, an MoU was signed between the state government and IIT Delhi on May 1 for setting up of IIT at Jagti in Nagrota town in Jammu district. A Kendriya Vidyalaya and prestigious Sainik School are also present in the Nagrota town.
While the exact contents of the MoU are yet to be revealed, it is expected that IIT Delhi would assist IIT Jammu in academic and research along with exchange of faculty. IIT-D would also exchange academic materials, publications and sponsor workshops and other academic meetings at IIT Jammu.
Deputy Chief Minister Sr Nirmal Singh was present while the MoU was signed by Higher Education Department Secretary Hemand Kumar Sharma on the behalf of state government and Director of IIT Delhi Prof. V Ramgopal Rao.
Nirmal Singh extended greetings to the people of State and said the government would not leave any stone unturned in starting the institute. HRD Ministry has also promised to provide all required support from its end. The institute would start regular classes from the current session. The session would commence from August at temporary campus in Government College of Engineering & Technology, some 30 kms from the proposed IIT campus.
Dr. Singh also informed that the ongoing issue of land acquisition has been solved and about 5000 kanal (625 acres) land has been finalized at Jagti in Nagrota town for setting up the institute.
Paving the way for first IIT in state, Dr. Singh directed all the concerned departments to pace up the required procedures. Roads and Buildings Department, Power Development department and Public Health Engineering department have already sent their detailed project reports (DPRs) to the Higher Education department and the Planning and Development department.
Dr. Singh said the establishment of an institute of national importance – Indian Institute of Technology at Jammu would fulfill the pong pending demand of the state. The students of the state were earlier required to move to far off cities where such institutions are available in search of quality education and now, the same would be available for deserving students in their own state.