There is hardly any doubt in the fact that the IITs represent
the very best of technical education in the country. Though there were only a handful
of them a few years back, governments in the past few years have tried to open
new IITs in different parts of the country to provide an opportunity to an
increasing number of engineering aspirants each year.
Now to add to the already prestigious list, the government
has given its final nod to the newest IIT in the country "“ IIT Jammu. The new
institute will commence its operations from 2016-17 session and would begin
functions from a temporary campus. The new IIT would work under the guidance of
The first session of the IIT would see only 90 students
getting enrolled "“ 30 students each in Electrical engineering, mechanical
engineering and computer science engineering. A MoU to this effect was
finalized between the central HRD ministry and the Government of the state of
Jammu and Kashmir. An official statement released by the IIT Delhi can be read
as follows - "This has paved the way for transfer of land of the actual site
measuring 159 hectare at village Jagti, Tehsil Nagrota at Jammu for setting up
IIT Jammu. The construction of Transit Campus spread over 25 acres within the
actual site will be starting shortly,"
The transit campus for the institute which would be ready by
the time of 2017-18 session is expected to be fit enough for 600 students. Let's
hope this brings the required changes to the fortunes of the state.