Politicians cutting across party lines have hailed the decision of the state government to establish Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Kapurthala.
In a meeting held in Chandigarh on Thursday, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal gave the nod to set up the prestigious institute at a cost of Rs 128 crore on 50 acres.
Interestingly, former Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira has offered 50 acres of land free of cost to set up the institute.
Hailing the decision Rattan Singh Ajnala, MP Khadoor Sahib, said that it would ensure new developmental opportunities for the district.
Incharge of Kapurthala constituency and former SAD MLA Sarabjeet Singh Makkar, taking the credit for SAD, said, "It is the outcome of the repeated requests made to chief minister Badal. Employment avenues would be generated for the area residents and Kapurthala will be on the national scenario in the field of education."
Khaira said, "The Congress welcomes this decision for Kapurthala, an important hub of Doaba region. We also request the CM to allocate this prestigious institute to Bholath. At present, there is no institute for higher or advanced studies in the area. Due to lack of education and unemployment, brain drain has occured."
"In view of the welfare of my constituency, we are ready to provide the government with 50 acres of land of gram panchayat Ramidi free of cost. Village Ramidi is situated on the Delhi-Amritsar national highway number 1 and is merely 10 km from the district headquarters. This location is accessible to students from Amritsar, Jalandhar and other parts of Doaba."
Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjit Singh also welcomed the decision. "It is the third such prestigious institute gifted by the Centre to Punjab. The government should think about the convenience of students, faculty members and market entrepreneurs before finalizing the location," he said.