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Three new IITs to start this academic session

delhi Updated: May 31, 2008 02:55 IST
Three new IITs to start this academic session

Three new IITs, one each in Orissa, Punjab and Gujarat, will start functioning from this academic session.

The government on Friday took a decision in this regard.

These IITs are in addition to three new such institutions in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar which have been given the go ahead for starting courses.

"The results of JEE is out today and students have things to look forward to. There will be more students who will be able to make it to IITs this year," a senior official of the HRD Ministry said.

The mentor institute for the IIT in Punjab would be Delhi IIT while for Gujarat it would be IIT Mumbai and for Orissa, Kharagpur IIT would act as a mentor.

"The decision is certainly welcome. More students would be accommodated but this is also a fact that there will be shortage. But getting an opportunity to mentor an IIT is bigger so we will manage," Director of Delhi IIT Surendra Prasad said.

The current academic session is starting from July 20th. The IITs will have to accommodate not only more students under quota as per the supreme court order but the extra students as a makeshift campus for the new IITs.

Putting the infrastructure in place at a short notice and the arrangement of the hostels are the two areas of concern for the IITs but with the option of rented accommodations, the premier institutes are trying to solve the problem.