Staff Reporter

Kalam to be chief guest at convocation on October 15

To celebrate golden jubilee in 2011

No new courses next year

KOZHIKODE: Director of the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NIT-C) G.R.C. Reddy has said that construction activities estimated at Rs.576 crore were expected to be completed on the campus by 2011.

Talking to the media here on Tuesday, Dr. Reddy said the institute would be celebrating its golden jubilee in 2011.

Construction projects costing Rs.326.7 crore were being handed over to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD). It included a complex to house the NIT-C School of Management Studies, mega hostel with a capacity to house 1,500 students and a state-of-the-art auditorium to seat 2,500 people.

Constructions to the tune of Rs.197.32 crore were going on at the NIT-C. It included 100 residential quarters and a science block.

The former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will be the chief guest at the annual convocation of the NIT-C to be held on the campus on October 15. V.K. Saraswat, scientific advisor to the Defence Minister, will attend the function at which 700 students will receive their degrees.

Mr. Kalam will be formally inaugurating ‘Tathva,’ the annual techno-management fest of the NIT-C on October 15. Mr. Kalam will lay the foundations for the mega hostel and the complex for housing the NIT-C School of Management Studies.

Dr. Reddy said no new course would be started next year. The starting of new course would be meaningful only after developing the infrastructure. “I have in mind aerospace engineering. But we need space to accommodate new students,” he said. The institute at present had a strength of about 4,000 students, which was expected to increase to 5,000 by 2011.

Dr. Reddy said each department at the NIT-C had been asked to conduct at least one international conference as part of the golden jubilee. Quoting statistics, Dr. Reddy said the budget of the institute increased from Rs.26 crore in 2004-05 prior to his taking charge to Rs.141.2 crore in 2008-09 during his tenure. This was expected to touch Rs.190 crore in 2009-10. There were remarkable change in the number of courses, number of PhD students and research projects after he took charge.