Friday, May 30, 2008
IIT Gujrat with 120 seats, will start functioning from the Gandhinagar Engineering College, Chandkheda, from the coming academic session.The sanctioned institute will have 40 seats each in mechanical, electrical, and chemical streams and award a four-year Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) degree.The Chandkheda campus is already hosting an extension centre of the IIT-Powai (Mumbai) that conducts short-term high-end courses for mid-career engineering professionals in Gujarat’s industries.Though the state is not sure of when and where the new campus of IIT-Gujarat will come up, the government announced that it will try to locate it on the “knowledge corridor” between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad.Indian Institute of Technology, Rajasthan would start functioning from the campus of IIT-Kanpur from the academic session 2008-09. This arrangement would continue for the next three years. Along with IIT-K, Prof Sanjay Govind Dhande would also be the director for IIT-R.the five new IITs would also function in a similar manner. While IIT-Chandigarh would function from IIT-Delhi campus, IIT-Hyderabad would be part of IIT-Chennai. Similarly, IIT-Ahmedabad would function from IIT-Bombay, IIT-Patna from IIT-Guwahati and IIT-Orissa from IIT-Kharagpur.The decision to start six new IITs from the existing campuses was taken to meet the rising demand of engineers in the country.