R. Ravikanth Reddy
MHRD team to visit State to finalise location
HYDERABAD: It’s final, classes at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, will begin from the forthcoming academic year and the Government of India has given its nod, putting an end to the rumours that classes will not be possible from the year 2008.
Admissions are likely to be made for 200 seats in four branches, with each branch having 50 seats. The courses would be offered initially in the conventional branches of mechanical engineering, civil engineering, computer science and electronics.
The search for the temporary location of the institute is almost final and a team from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) would soon visit the State to inspect and finalise the location. A team of senior officials of the State government visited the Ordnance Factory on the outskirts of the city and was impressed with the quality of facilities like academic building, hostel accommodation, buildings for laboratories and staff quarters to be made available for the IIT on temporary basis. The team submitted a report to the MHRD.
The A.P. State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) Chairman, K.C. Reddy, who was a part of the team, said that the Ordnance Factory officials had agreed to give 30,000 sft space in a building, which currently houses a school, to be used for teaching, and another building for housing the laboratories. A separate building with 60 rooms had also been identified for being converted it into a students’ hostel. About 50 quarters to accommodate the faculty are also available on the campus. “The condition of buildings is good while the residential quarters need some repairs,” Prof. Reddy said.
The team also had in mind ICRISAT, but it was ruled out as the ICRISAT management did not show much interest. Another location was the IDPL in Balanagar, which is spacious but the poor conditions did not impress them. Prof. Reddy said the Ordnance Factory location was very near to the land identified for the establishment of the IIT and it would be easy for the Director and his team to monitor its construction on a regular basis.
Regarding the funding, Prof. Reddy said the State government would spend the money for initial establishment and the repairs at the temporary location and the MHRD would reimburse the same. However, he said the final decision would be taken before February 15 and the government would have three to four months’ time to refurbish the place.