NEW DELHI: Kerala was on Wednesday assured of an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the Eleventh Five-Year Plan by Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh. The assurance was given by the Minister to Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan at a meeting here. Another demand placed by Mr. Achuthanandan before Mr. Singh pertained to granting a Central university to Kerala.
Since the Prime Minister had already announced that efforts would be made to open a Central university in every State which did not have one, the Minister said the State could hope for some good news on this front soon.
Mr. Achuthanandan also met Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar. According to the Kerala House spokesperson, Mr. Pawar’s response to Kerala Government’s demand for operationalising the Kuttanad Wetland Package – proposed in the Swaminathan Report – was positive.