Union Human Resource Development Minister M M Pallam Raju said that central government will provide adequate funding for quality infrastructure at IIT Mandi and they will spend around Rs 800-1000 crore on it.
While inaugurating new campus, Pallam Raju said, “There would be no compromise with the quality construction of IIT buildings and infrastructure and Central government will provide adequate funding and cooperation for it. IIT Mandi had made great strides and with the inauguration of new campus it had attained the distinction of being the first among the new IITs to have full residential and academic facility in the campus.”
The HRD minister said that coming up of an IIT in Himachal was a turning point and it was expected to give Himalayan region a world renowned centre for learning, research and innovation. “It was a matter of happiness that higher educational institutions were moving towards remote areas where serene environ make this more fruitful and strengthen the economy of rural areas. This IIT will be much bigger than engineering college as Rs. 800-1000 crore would be spent in coming years,” Pallam Raju said.
He added that there would be no compromise with the quality construction of IIT buildings and infrastructure and Central Government would provide adequate funding and cooperation for it.
The Chairman of Board of Governors of IIT, Mandi PadamShri, M. Natrajan said that IIT Mandi was among five IITs of the country which were developing innovative applications for low cost ‘Akash’ Tablet, which is being given to the students in the country.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh thanked Pallam Raju for inaugurating the new buildings of the institution and said that opening of IIT at Mandi and Central University in Kangra district was Congress Government’s decisions. The IIT was becoming synonym with best higher education and it would be among the excellent technical learning institutions of the country. “With the creation of new buildings, new facilities would be developed in IIT campus,” Singh said.