Union HRD Minister inaugurates IIT Jammu and IIT Chhattisgarh
Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has inaugurated Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jammu and IIT Chhattisgarh. This is the first IIT campus in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which will be built across 500 acres of land near Jammu city. However, the institute will run its classes for 2016-17 from a temporary campus in Paloura, Jammu.
The minister also inaugurated IIT campus of another newly announced IIT Bhilai at Raipur, Chhattisgarh, which will also be functional from a temporary campus at Government Engineering College, Raipur for the academic year 2016-17. While inaugurating the IIT in the state, Prakash Javadekar said, “The institute will have its own campus by the time first batch of students obtains degree.”
IIT Jammu and Chhattisgarh are among the four new IITs, which have commenced classes from the year 2016 onwards. The other IITs which have started classes are IIT Goa and IIT Dharwad (Karnataka). These four new IITs have added 420 seats to the IIT seat intake, making it a total of 10,572. In 2015-16 also, 2 new IITs - IIT Tirupati and IIT Palakkad (being mentored by IIT Madras) were instituted making a total of 23 functioning IITs in the country.