Tamil Nadu

Centre approves land transfer for NIT-Puducherry

The Centre has cleared transfer of 35 acres of government poromboke land for establishing a permanent campus for the National Institute of Technology – Puducherry at Karaikal, now functioning from the Arignar Anna Arts and Science College campus.

Efforts are underway for appointing members to the Board of Governors and formation of a Finance Committee.

According to official sources, last month, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) appointed Baldev Raj, Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, as the Governing Board Chairman. The Building and Works Committee would be formed in a couple of days.

Master plan

A master plan would be chalked out, and the time frame to complete construction of classrooms, administrative block, laboratories, hostels and residential quarters will be decided at the first meeting of Committee, the Director In-Charge of NIT-Tiruchi (NIT-T), the mentoring institution for NIT-Puducherry, Sandeep Sanchetti told The Hindu.

Release of funds

Once the Board of Governors and the Finance Committee are in place in a couple of months, the Centre would be approached for release of funds, he said, expressing the hope that the work could be initiated by March-end. The process to transfer 260 acres of adjoining privately-owned land in the villages of Cooum and Tiruvettakudi will be completed in the meantime.

Dr.Sanchetti also hoped to get permanent faculty posted at the NIT-Puducherry by the start of the next academic year. The recruitment will be carried out by a selection committee appointed by the Board of Governors.

Nine faculty staff: one professor, three associate professors and five assistant professors are to be appointed to handle three programmes: Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering.

The Building and Works Committee would be constituted with Civil and Electrical experts from the Central Public Works Department, Chief Engineer of State PWD, Chief Architect of State PWD, and Dean – Planning and Development of Mentoring Institute as members, G. Swaminathan, Coordinator for NIT-Puducherry at NIT-Tiruchi, said. The Committee chaired by the NIT-T Director will have the Registrar as the Member Secretary.

Official sources also indicated that a combined interview for choosing Directors for 18 NITs, including the ones in Tiruchi and Puducherry, would be conducted at Bangalore during the fourth week of this month.

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