Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to grant an Indian Institute of Technology for Karnataka.

In his letter, copies of which were circulated to the media on Thursday, the Chief Minister has said that the Prime Minister should initiate action on this request in the 11th Plan.

Karnataka had a large number of research and development institutions of international repute in the field of science and technology. The State had over 100 global companies.

They need high quality human resource.

However, in the Union Budget for 2008-09, it was announced that there would be many more IITs in the country. The list did not include Karnataka.

The Chief Minister expressed anguish over not including Karnataka in the list of the proposed IITs in the country. He recalled in the letter that the State Government in its budget for 2008-09 announced that it would constitute a knowledge and higher education commission in the State.

The State has National Institute of Technology- Karnataka (NITK) at Surathkal which is a deemed university. In 2004, there was a move by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to upgrade the NITKI into an IIT. There are seven IITs. The Centre has announced plans to add nine more IITs to be established in States that did not yet have an IIT.