IIT laboratories to be upgraded
Govt has emphasised upon the need to upgrade the "outdated" laboratories of IIT colleges.education Updated: Apr 01, 2006 14:37 IST
In the face of emerging modern technologies, the government has emphasised upon the need to upgrade the "outdated" laboratory equipment in the country's premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) which have become role models for engineering research and education.
Observing that the rate of obsolescence in information and communication technology was quite high, the HRD ministry said even a ten-year-old equipment in computer networks would require replacement and modernisation.
Substantial investment would be required in modernisation of digital resources in these institutes which were now globally competitive and contribute significantly to development of technical manpower and technology development in the country, the officials said.
During the 10th Five Year Plan, the role of the IITs would be further strengthened and consolidated so that they continued to provide leadership to the technical education system.
They pointed out that in recent years, there was an increase in students' intake to meet the growing demand for quality technical manpower, especially in the field of Information Technology and the strength in these institutes had increased over 40 per cent in the last six to seven years.
Looking towards the road map for the IITs in the coming years, the officials said new departments, centres and programmes have to be introduced with the increase in intake. The increase in intake has to be at all levels — under-graduates/post-graduates, doctors/post-doctoral. Life sciences have to be introduced in IITs.
The basic sciences, as advised by the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, also needed to strengthened, they said. The modernisation programme at the institute is estimated at Rs 700 crore over the next five years.