Karnataka gets its first IIT in Dharwad, academic session to start next year

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As per the news that was released earlier in this year Union finance minister Arun Jaitley during his Budget address made an announcement that in Karnataka region, an IIT will be established thereby ending the 17-year-long wait for the state. The state governments are the major cause behind the delay in setting up the renowned Engineering institute.

So the new Indian Institute of Technology has been set up in the Dharwad region of Karnataka. The main reason why it was sanctioned that IIT should be set up in Dharwad is the ready availability of infrastructure for such a campus as compared to other cities such as Bengaluru, Mysuru and Raichur.

The newly established IIT will start functioning earlier in the next academic session from a temporary campus. In the initial days it is expected that around 120 students will be offered admission in mechanical, civil, electrical and computer engineering streams.

Karnataka was the only South Indian state which did not has its own IIT of its own which was the main cause that the students of this region rushed for admission to IIT Madras, Hyderabad and the new one at Palakkad which are always in tough competition. IIT Palakkad in Kerala started functioning this year only and it will take somewhere around five to seven years to have a full-fledged IIT campus at Dharwad yet something is better than nothing.

Dharwad Deputy Commissioner P. Rajendra Cholan said that for time being the district administration had suggested that the transit campus will function from the Water & Land Management Institute (WALMI) premises. Moreover the quarters of WALMI which are lying useless can be occupied and modified and converted into staff and student accommodation till the construction of a permanent campus.

Mr. Cholan was of the view, “the district administration is yet to receive an official communication on this. Once it is out, the State government will initiate the process of handing over land to the Union government.”

Once the handing over of the land followed up by the paper works has been done. The next thing is the Administration of the Institute. As per the The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961, the President of India is the Visitor. Each institute will have a board of governors and a Senate. The other most important task in the process of establishment is the recruitment of teachers. But as per the experts the hiring of the teachers is not a difficult task and it will be done in the initial days of the First Year.

T.V. Mohandas Pai who is a very famous educationist said, “It is the director of the new IIT who will be vital in deciding the course of the institute. Further he added, “Had the IIT been set up in Bengaluru or Mysuru, the faculty available could have been better. But from a development point of view, it is good that Dharwad has been chosen. What this IIT will do — whether it will specialise in some topic, for example — will depend on who is going to be the director.”

Presently there are 16 existing IIT’s and 4 new IITs to-be set up in Chhattisgarh, Palghat, Tirupati and Goa along with the newly established IIT in Karnataka.

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