Construction of new IIT campuses fails to take-off
The cost of building eight new Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) would be much higher than anticipated by the government with the work for developing permanent campuses not taking-off.delhi Updated: Oct 18, 2011 22:44 IST
The cost of building eight new Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) would be much higher than anticipated by the government with the work for developing permanent campuses not taking-off.
The HRD ministry has decided to prepare new detailed project reports of each of the eight IITs after finding that it will not be possible to build the premier technology institutes at the cost approved by the Union Cabinet.
The government had estimated that the new campus of each IIT will cost Rs 800 crore in 2008, when the Cabinet approved the project. It was also estimated that most of the campuses will be build by 2012.
A review by the HRD ministry has shown that the work on building the new campuses has not started because of delay in acquisition of land and awarding of work by individual IITs. Even boundary walls of new IITs in Rajasthan and Himachal have not been built and some others like IIT Hyderabad has started preliminary work.
The new IITs are running from temporary campuses allocated by state governments till the new campuses were built.
“The IITs had been extremely slow in starting the work and meeting the 2012 deadline was impossible,” a senior government official said. India’s economy rival China between 2008 and 2011 had built at least 10 technology institutes in the last few years to produce high quality manpower.
Despite a policy push by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2008 the slow pace of work has hampered construction of the new IIT campuses. The new IITs at the recent IIT council meeting pointed out that building the new campuses at the envisaged cost of Rs 800 would not possible because the cost of raw material has increased by 30 to 50 %.
The IITs asked the ministry to increase the cost to which the ministry has agreed. The ministry will now prepare a new detailed project report for each of the new IIT and seek the Cabinet’s approval to meet the additional costs.
The new IITs are already facing a faculty crunch with none of them been able to get the faculty strength required to run the institutes. IIT Hyderabad is still better off with faculty strength of 70-80 % while others are working on half of the faculty required.