Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Kalam to lay stone for IIIT on Wednesday

Kalam to lay stone for IIIT on Wednesday
Wednesday November 29 2006 11:23 IST

BHUBANESWAR: A new chapter will be added to the education scenario in the State on Wednesday with President A P J Abdul Kalam laying the foundation stone of International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Bhubaneswar.

With this the city will join the league of selected few cities in the country to boast of an IIIT. The objective of the centre would be to carry out advanced research and technology development in information technologies and their societal, industrial and financial applications.

It will offer programmes at the post-graduate level. There will be 90 seats for the M.Tech programme and 25 PhD seats.

The Industrial Development Corporation of Orissa has allotted 24 acres of land near Khandagiri at Gothapatna for the development of the centre. The State Government has earmarked Rs 10 crore for its establishment, of which Rs 5 crore has already been sanctioned.

Making a statement in the Assembly on Tuesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the institute would be modelled after similar institutions in Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Naveen said that close to the institute�s site on the available government land, an information technology park will be set up to facilitate interaction between industry and the academia. The State Government will also take necessary steps to provide supporting infrastructure like improvement of road, water supply and electricity for this complex to be named the Knowledge city, he said.

IIIT, Bhubaneswar, will be a perfect example of a successful public-private partnership. Several software houses, which have a presence in the city like Infosys, Satyam, Tata Consultancy Services and upcoming firms like Mindtree Consultancy and Wipro will hold stake in the institute.

IT Director Vishal Dev said their active participation would also solve the problem of engaging qualified faculty. IIITs are not only known for the quality of the students, but also for the highly qualified faculty members. IIIT also seeks to closely work with industry leaders and help them in undertaking programmes needed in their sectors.

The institute will initially function under the aegis of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), but will subsequently be converted into a deemed university. IIITs of Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kolkata already enjoy deemed university status.

Subroto Bagchi of Mindtree Consultancy will be the chairman of the governing body, which will look after the functioning of the institute. The members include Prof L M Patnaik of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Bangalore IIIT Director Sadhu Gopan, representatives of NASSCOM and Manufacturers Association of Information Technology.

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