After housing prestigious institutes like IIM, NID and National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFD), Gujarat is all set to get a satellite campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (Powai), Bombay.
The IIT delegation, headed by its director Ashok Misra, met state officials last week to finalise the setting up of the campus, state officials said on Wednesday, adding that Chief Minister Narendra Modi was also present at the meeting.
The move would boost research in engineering and industries will get quality manpower for direct recruitment from the campus, they said.
State Science and Technology secretary Raj Kumar said that IIT Powai had asked for 300 acres of land to start the satellite campus.
"The state government is in the process of identifying this big piece of land around Ahmedabad or Gandhinagar for setting up of the institute," he added.
The Gujarat government will provide the land and infrastructure, while the union HRD ministry is expected to provide construction funding, the officials added.
The expansion plans of IIT Powai are part of the HRD Ministry's directive to set up one such institute in every state, they said.
The campus will start functioning by July 2007, housed initially either in the LD Engineering College or RC Techinical Institute, till the new campus comes up by 2007.