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Want Delhi to be a knowledge centre: Kejriwal at IIIT-D

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal threw open phase-II of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi’s (IIIT-D) campus in Okhla on Tuesday.

delhi Updated: Aug 22, 2018 02:41 IST
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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with his deputy Manish Sisodia at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT-D) campus in Okhla.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal threw open phase-II of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi’s (IIIT-D) campus in Okhla on Tuesday.

The CM said his government would soon organise a summit of teachers of Indian origin across the world to discuss ways of improving the education system in the national Capital.

“We want Delhi to become knowledge centre. We will involve teachers of Indian origin working abroad. We wish to learn from best practices internationally. We also want some of our institutes to become research centres of international standards,” said Kejriwal, as he addressed students.

The campus spread across a total built-up area of 70,000 sqm caters will be able to cater to 3, 000 students.

Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia, who accompanied the CM, said 85% of the total students here are from Delhi schools.

“Today none of the Indian universities rank among the top 10 across the world. We want higher education institutes in the city to be in that list. It is our dream that at least one educational institution from Delhi makes to the top 10 list,” the CM said.

Kejriwal said his government would like to throw a challenge to all higher education institutes in the city on what they would want to improve in order to make it to the top 10 list.

“We will invest in this cause. All they have to do is tell us what they plan to do to make it world-class. I can assure there will be no shortage of money,” he said.

Over 2.5 lakh students clear class XII exam every year in Delhi but of this number, only 1.25 lakh make it to universities in Delhi.

“Even students who score around 97-98% do not get admission in colleges and universities in the national Capital. This is not an acceptable trend and the Delhi government is working to change this,” the CM said.

The second phase of IIIT-Delhi campus will have solar power plants in all its new buildings with a capacity of around 220KWp.

“Almost 95% of the construction and furnishing works is already completed,” said Sisodia, who accompanied the CM to the event.

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 02:41 IST