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Government to set up 3 new IITs news
07 May 2007

Mumbai: The government will set up three new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Bihar, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, minister of state for human resource development Purandeswari informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

Two new Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) in Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram and two new Schools of Planning and Architecture in Vijayawada and Bhopal are proposed to be set up during the twelfth plan period, she said in the written reply.

The government also proposes to set up 20 new Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) in various states in partnership with the private sector.

Besides, the government will upgrade infrastructure facilities in one polytechnic in each of the 177 specially identified districts in the country, she said.

The proposal comes amidst a huge shortfall in faculty at the existing IITs in the country. While the setting up of additional IITs and new IISERs on the lines of the IISc are justifiable, the country does not produce enough PhDs in sciences to man these new institutions.

Much will depend on finding enough trained and qualified manpower to staff these new IITs as well as setting up the requisite infrastructure in new facilities and services.

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Government to set up 3 new IITs