If all goes well, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, (IIT-D) may start a new campus in the NCR region in the coming few years.
According to Surendra Prasad, director, IIT-D, talks are on between the Haryana government and the IIT-D authorities for a piece of land in the NCR region.
“The whole plan is at the preliminary stage right now and nothing has been decided but yes, the Haryana government has expressed interest and has offered us some land. The logistics are yet to be worked out,” Prasad said.
While IIT Bombay is planning to open a new campus in New York City, IIT-D has consciously limited its expansion plan to the country.
“Even we were asked to consider the possibility of setting up a campus in New York City but we wanted to try it out here first,” he added.
The envisaged campus is expected to be a research facility. “We don’t have enough space for research on this campus. While IIT-D has the second highest number of students, it has the smallest campus,” M Balakrishnan, deputy director (faculty), IIT-D.
The campus is spread over 300 acres and has a population of around 16,000.
Along with the research facility, the new campus is also expected to have a faculty development centre for workshops for teachers and professors, specialised laboratories and areas for space intensive research.
IIT officials say, the ideal student-to-teacher ratio is expected to be 10:1. Since the student strength is expected to reach 7,500 in the coming two years, a new campus will be instrumental in supporting the teachers’ research activities as well.
“Allotment of rooms for research facilities is already becoming a problem as it is always better to have equipment at the ground level to manage vibrations. Since we don’t have a lot of space, a separate research facility is becoming necessary,” Balakrishnan said.
The institute is expecting the land allocation and the blueprints to be completed this year.