The long wait for land for the Indian Institute of Technology, Patna may be finally over. The government has acquired 500 acres of land and will formally hand it over to the IIT-P after the construction of boundary walls.
Principal Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Ravikant told HT that the process of land acquisition had been completed. “We will hand over the land soon. We have acquired 500 acres in three villages – Amhara, Daulatpur Dayal and Bilawarpur in Bihta block,” he added.
IIT-P Registrar Subhash Pandey said he was hopeful the land would be handed over soon. “We had requested the state government to construct the boundary wall so that there are no hassles in starting the construction work,” he said, adding the institution was on way to finalising the architects to design the campus”
The IIT-P had earlier floated global tenders for placing construction work and shortlisted nearly a dozen architects, who would now be invited to make their presentations.
“We will finally select three or four to prepare a master plan. The campus will be developed over two and a half years from the date it is handed over to us. Hopefully, it should be ready in time for the convocation of the first batch,” Pande added.
The IIT-P is already into its second year, with an enrollment of nearly 250 students, including Ph.D. scholars. “We induct Phd students every six months. We have already appointed 32 faculty members and 30 more are likely to be inducted this year. Next year, another batch will join. The real expansion will take place once we have our own campus,” Pandey added.
According to sources, a meeting is scheduled next week, in which Patna district magistrate, authorities of the Department of Science and Technology and the IIT-P will be present for the handover formalities.