The central government has sanctioned an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) for Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy announced in the state assembly on Tuesday.
Making a statement in the house, he said the union human resource development (HRD) ministry had given a green signal for the premier institute that would come up at Isnapur near Sanga Reddy in Medak district.
"I am happy to inform this House that I have just received a communication from (HRD Minister) Arjun Singh informing that one IIT is sanctioned to Andhra Pradesh in response to our sustained request for locating an IIT in our state," he said.
This acceptance is part of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan agenda to start three new IITs in the country, the chief minister added.
The HRD ministry has requested the state government to identify and allot 500-600 acres of land free of cost, with physical and social infrastructure, including road, rail and air connectivity.
"Therefore, my government has decided to locate the IIT in Medak district, which was once represented by former prime minister Indira Gandhi in the Lok Sabha as it will satisfy the requirements laid down by the HRD minister," he said.
The chief minister recalled that the assembly had earlier adopted a resolution requesting the government for an IIT at Basara, the temple town of goddess Saraswati on the banks of river Godavari in Adilabad district.
The government had been lobbying hard for it.
"However, we are constrained to locate it in Medak district having proximity to the metropolitan twin cities of Hyderabad-Secunderabad, in view of the letter of the HRD minister," Rajasekhara Reddy explained.
He expressed the hope that the IIT in Medak would help develop the backward Telangana region.
"This, I am sure, will help develop the backward parts of Telangana, providing opportunities to a large number of our youngsters to pursue high quality technical education, which is our strong point in the entire country," Reddy said.
As some members expressed their disappointment over ignoring Basara, the chief minister announced that a 21st century gurukul institute would be set up in the temple town.
There are seven IITs in India - Mumbai, New Delhi, Kharagpur, Roorkee, Guwahati, Kanpur and Chennai.