The Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chhattisgarh government to open an Extension Centre in the State impart quality improvement and knowledge up-gradation training to the universities and college teachers.

This will be Chhattisgarh’s first centre for excellence in human resource development and it will offer part-time programmes leading to awards or qualifications at the Masters’ and higher or equivalent levels, within the framework of IIT Kharagpur’s academic norms and regulations, for teachers at all levels serving universities and colleges and polytechnics.

The course will also be open for engineers, scientists and other professionals employed with the State government or any of its agencies or public authorities in the State; and professionals who may be outside public employment but residing in Chhattisgarh.

The Extension Centre will conduct programmes for imparting training and developing entrepreneurship in the State and partner with the State or entrepreneurs and industry for developing grassroots- level technologies, to promote rural employment, encourage new opportunities in rural livelihoods, aid in improving rural health, rural education, rural development, rural economy as well as rural entrepreneurship.

Under the agreement, Chhattisgarh will make available the requisite land, buildings and related infrastructure, including furniture etc. as per the norms set by IIT Kharagpur, to enable the Institute to start the Centre while the IIT will be free to decide on the fee structure, syllabi and issuance of certificates.

The IIT Kharagpur will offer M.Tech. programmes in the video conferencing mode, through the Centre, during the weekends to suitably qualified candidates working in engineering colleges, State government agencies and public/ private industries in the State.