The new crop of IITs and IIMs announced by the NDA government will not have the luxury of sprawling campuses like their older counterparts, the human resource development (HRD) ministry has decided.
The ministry approved reducing the land size of these institutions last week on the recommendation of a committee set up to determine the land requirement for central higher educational institutions.
Under new norms, the IITs will be eligible for 250 acres of land, IIMs for 5-10 acres in urban areas and 60 acres in non-urban areas.
The decision to cut land allocation was taken after state governments found it difficult to find huge patches on contiguous land in urban areas.
Older campuses such as IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad have sprawling campuses as compared to the new ones. While IIT Delhi has 325 acres land, IIT Kanpur has 1,055 acres. Similarly, IIM Ahmedabad is spread over 100 acres while IIM Lucknow has 200 acres.
To make up for the loss of land, the new campuses have the option to go vertical.
Arguing for cutting the land size, the committee said the inability of states to find requisite amount of land had led to inordinate delay in setting up many central higher educational institutions.
“Therefore, there is an urgent need to revise the land requirements for different kinds of higher educational institutions, which is more realistic and takes into account technological developments which allow for vertical expansion of buildings,” the committee in its final report said.
In its budget in July 2014, the government announced setting up six new IIMs in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Two more IIMs (J&K and Telangana) were announced in the 2015 budget. The government had also announced the setting up of five new IITs in Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.