Monday, May 05, 2008
The new Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Andhra Pradesh will commence classes from this academic year (2008-09) at a makeshift campus in Medak district.Classes will be held at the makeshift campus at the Ordnance factory at Eddumailaram in Medak until the permanent one comes at Kandi in the same district.IIT would initially have five disciplines with 40 students each. The first batch is likely to start in July.The central government had last year decided to set up two new IITs in Andhra Pradesh and Bihar.The state government in December selected Medak district as the location for the IIT in view of its proximity to the state capital. The previous government had suggested the temple town of Basara in Adilabad district as the location for the proposed institute.The IIT in Medak will be the eighth in the country. Seven IITs are already functioning in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kharagpur, Roorkee, Guwahati, Kanpur and Chennai.Meanwhile, Japan has evinced interest in collaborating with IIT-Medak. It is also keen to extend financial aid of Rs.40 million to the new institute.