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IIT-Indore unable to add more seats until it gets own campus

indore Updated: Aug 27, 2015 18:33 IST
Nida Khan

Construction at IIT Simrol campus has been on since 2009, forcing students to shuttle between three campuses. (Arun Mondhe/HT photo)

The IIT-Indore has suddenly shot in demand after its passouts got handsome packages, but it cannot add more seats till it is shifted to its permanent campus, institute’s public relations officer Nirmala Menon said on Wednesday.

At present, the institute is running at three makeshift campuses at IET building, PACL campus and Simrol as its campus project has delayed by over five years.

The IIT was established in 2009 and was to be shifted to its own campus at Simrol, about 30 kilometres away from the city, in 2010. However, due to multiple reasons, the project got delayed and the students have to shuttle between the three campuses.

Menon said the institute, which is scheduled to release its third batch on August 24, 2015, has only 120 seats in B Tech courses because of the paucity of space.

“We are using the IET building at Khandwa road and PACL campus for majority of our courses while the laboratories are at Simrol campus. Therefore, a proposal for more seats will happen only once the institute is shifted to its own campus,” she said.

Despite constraints, the institute is doing well, she said, adding, “An increasing number of students are choosing IIT-Indore due to an increase in the overall placement package. We wish to increase the strength of the batch only after doing a comparative analysis with other leading IITs, like IIT-Bombay.”

She said on an average an IIT has a minimum strength of 150 students in a batch across the country, with an exception of IIT-Khargpur which has the highest number of 1341 seats in the undergraduate B Tech course. However, IIT-Indore has only 120 students, which is below the average and needs to level up at least with Ropar and Mandi IITs having 150 seats each.