NEW DELHI: Human Resource Development minister Smriti Irani is pushing hard for funds to quickly set up at least eight new IITs, and has already met the finance minister for funds, after bureaucrats said it would be a huge challenge to find money, land and faculty for this.
Kerala, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Goa, Sikkim and Chhattisgarh – the states that do not have an IIT — would benefit from Irani’s proposals. Seemandhra has already been promised an IIT as part of the Andhra Pradesh bifurcation package.
The number of IITs in the country was doubled to 16 in 2009 but the new ones are facing challenges such as a fund crunch. About Rs 12,500 crore were allocated for the IITs in the 12th Five-year Plan (2012-17). Of this a little over Rs 6,000 crore is set aside for the eight IITs set up in 2009. Read More