Ministry not for satellite IIT campuses

Special Correspondent

Not opposed to small extension of existing IITs

Ministry makes reference to requests from Kerala and Gujarat

NEW DELHI: The Human Resource Development Ministry is not in favour of setting up satellite campuses of any of the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) as this would be tantamount to setting up full-fledged institutes.

The government’s contention is that the establishment of such campuses with regular Bachelor and Master programmes amounts to setting up new IITs, and should, therefore, be avoided.

However, it is not opposed to the setting up of small extension centres of existing Indian Institutes of Technology outside their main campuses devoted to continuing education, diploma courses, finishing schools and incubation programmes.

This information was provided to the Rajya Sabha on Monday by the Ministry in response to a question by N.P. Durga (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) on whether the government was planning to set up extension centres of the existing IITs outside their main campuses.

The Ministry made a reference to requests from the governments of Kerala and Gujarat to set up satellite campuses of IIT (Madras) and IIT (Bombay) respectively in their States.

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