The eight new IITs that were planned to be set up in 2008 do not have adequate infrastructure and are not up to the mark, making it difficult for these institutes to retain their faculty, Union human resources development minister Kapil Sibal said here on Tuesday.
"These new IITs are functioning in temporary campuses and are unable to attract new faculty. Due to this reason we are finding it difficult to retain faculty members. We need a commitment from state governments for at least 500 acres of land without any liabilities attached to it," Sibal said on the sidelines of the Geospatial World Forum on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
The minister said the states were not allotting land for permanent campuses.
The ministry launched the new institutes three years ago and each of them should have at least 90 teachers.
But most of the new IITs do not have the required number of teaching staff.