A Central team visited the campuses of the National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi (NIT-T), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Bharathidasan University, and Anna University – Tiruchi (AU-T) on Thursday to identify temporary facilities for the new Indian Institute of Management – Tiruchi (IIM-T) that is set to get functional from 2010-11.

The team comprising Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ashok Thakur; Director of Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore (IIM-B), Pankaj Chandra; and Additional Director General, Central Public Works Department, N. Ravi, first visited the NIT-T where after a brief discussion the Institute Director M. Chidambaram took them to one of the hostels kept vacant for the purpose.

The Central team was accompanied by the Principal Secretary of Higher Education, Government of Tamil Nadu K. Ganesan, and the District Collector T. Soundiah.

They then went to the nearby BHEL campus where the classrooms utilised earlier for the School of Advanced Engineering and Information Technology (SAEIT) were shown.

The team subsequently visited the two universities and was said to have been satisfied with the facilities at the MBA block of the Anna University – Tiruchi.

The team was reportedly comfortable even with the idea of raising temporary structures in land provided by either the NIT-T or the universities.

The members were said to be keen that the hostel should not be distant from the classrooms.

The 192.35 acre land identified for the permanent campus of the IIM-T is sandwiched between the two universities.

Appointment of Director

“Once the Director for IIM-T is appointed, we will start looking for the faculty,” said the Director of IIM-B, the mentoring institution.

“We will start the programme and bring the faculty in as we go along,” he said.

“Some of the faculty will come from IIM-Bangalore initially,” said Mr. Ashok Thakur, entrusting the responsibility of hiring houses for the faculties with the NIT-T Director.

When asked on the number of students to be admitted based on CAT score in IIM-T, Prof. Pankaj Chandra said: “We will have to figure it out. It will be anywhere between 70 and 140.”

Late last year, the MHRD had asked the CAT Committee to include 560 additional seats for aspiring management candidates from 2010-11. For each of the four newly proposed IIMs at Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu, Ranchi in Jharkhand, Raipur in Chattisgarh, and Rohtak in Haryana, 140 seats were envisaged.

With these four institutions, the number of IIMs in the country will go up to 11. Three more IIMs are to come up in the second phase at Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, and Rajasthan. Establishment of seven new IIMs in the country under the 11th Five Year Plan was endorsed by the National Development Council in December 2007.

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