Indore varsity, IIT at loggerheads over non-payment of rent
The ongoing rent row between the Institute for Engineering and Technology and the Indian Institute of Technology -Indore reached boiling point on Tuesday after the vice-chancellor of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya sought the intervention of the Ministry for Human Resource Development in the matter.education Updated: Dec 01, 2015 20:55 IST
“IIT-Indore, which was operating from our (IET) campus, vacated the place without paying rent. We asked them to meet us and resolve the issue, but as they have failed to (comply), a letter is being sent by us,” said DAVV acting vice-chancellor Ashutosh Mishra.
IET director Sanjeev Tokekar has been directed to send a detailed joint letter to the state government, the district administration and IIT-Indore to resolve the issue.
The DAVV has alleged that IIT-Indore paid less-than-due rent for the 414 square metre of space. Also, when the IET refused to take back possession of M-Block until repair work was done on the property, IIT allegedly couriered them the keys.
The ongoing row only adds to the woes of IIT-Indore, which was due to move to its Simrol campus by 2012. However, in 2010 the Ministry of Environment and Forests denied permission to divert 80 hectares of forestland to be included in the 500 acres of land meant for the institute, and the institute had to extend its stay at IET up to 2015.
Making matters worse, high demand and expansion of courses at the institute forced the premier technology institute to set up another temporary base at PACL, Mhow, in addition to a residential quarter in Silver Spring township for students and faculty.
When contacted, IIT-Indore public relations officer Nirmala Menon said the academic campus had already moved to Simrol and the computer science department was in the process of moving base.
“A lot of structures have been moved to the Simrol campus and a lot of construction has taken place. We plan to do a phase-wise move so that the students don’t face much trouble. Also, the hostels will be moved soon, but a deadline cannot be set for that,” she said.
However, she refused to comment on their issues with the DAVV. “We wish to resolve the matter, but I would prefer not to speak on it,” she said.