One of the state’s oldest and most respected engineering colleges – the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) in Matunga – is planning a multi-crore overhaul of its campus, facilities and research programmes in its upcoming 125th year celebrations.
VJTI, which was founded in 1887 as the Victoria Jubilee Technological Institute, is carving out a Rs 138 crore plan for upgrading its physical infrastructure, boosting its research goals and launching new courses. The plans, which will be set in motion next year, will be executed over a four to five year period. The institute is hoping to get funding from the state government. VJTI became an autonomous institute in 2004.
“We plan to have several new buildings as well as increase living quarters to create a self-contained campus,” said MC Deo, who took charge as director of the institute in June. “In our 125th year we are also hoping to consolidate our status as a research institute with greater focus on post-graduate research.”
The institute plans to double its post-graduate intake over the next few years, modernise several departments through new equipment and technology and introduce 13 new post-graduate programmes.
For overhauling physical infrastructure including creating new hostels and buildings it is looking at spending Rs 125 crores, around Rs 3 crores for research work and around Rs 10 crores for upgrading the various departments. Around Rs 12 crore of funding has come in from the technical education quality improvement programme under the state government.
VJTI has also applied to the department of posts for a special edition postage stamp to commemorate its 125th year in 2012. The alumni will also be involved.