KARNATAKA

IT majors keen on research link-up with VIAT

Research hub: Governor H.R. Bhardwaj at the inauguration of the VIAT multi-campus institute in Chickaballapur on Wednesday.

Research hub: Governor H.R. Bhardwaj at the inauguration of the VIAT multi-campus institute in Chickaballapur on Wednesday.  

Special Correspondent

Governor lays foundation stone for the Muddenahalli campus



Intel, IBM, Bosch and Honeywell show interest

Campuses to come up at Mysore, Belgaum, Gulbarga



CHICKABALLAPUR: Several IT majors have come forward to partner research with the VTU Institute of Advanced Technology (VIAT), a multi-campus institute, which was inaugurated by Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Wednesday.

Besides launching the VIAT, the flagship institute of the VTU, the Governor also laid the foundation stone for the first campus of the VIAT at Muddenahalli near Chickaballapur, the birthplace of the legendary engineer Sir M. Visvesvaraya.

While explaining the vision and motive of the VIAT, the VTU Vice-Chancellor H.P. Khincha said that IT majors such as Intel, IBM, Bosch and Honeywell had already expressed willingness to associate with the VIAT in its research programmes.

An expert committee, headed by V.K. Aatre, former scientific adviser to the Defence Minister, was working on the research programmes to be taken up at the VIAT, which would have campuses in Mysore, Belgaum and Gulbarga also.

Prof. Khincha said the VIAT, to be developed on the lines of leading institutes of higher learning in the country and abroad, would take up advanced research in “carefully selected” disciplines and inter-disciplinary areas to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The VIAT would have academic programmes in postgraduate/research in different areas. However, the institute would be complementary to and not a competitor to the affiliated colleges and postgraduate departments of the VTU, he said.

Higher Education Minister Arvind Limbavali said that he had suggested to the Vice-Chancellor to provide five-year integrated courses at the VIAT. Only students interested in taking up research should be admitted, and priority given to those from Karnataka, he said.

Facilities

The Muddenahalli campus, to be developed in three phases, would have 12 postgraduate and research departments, staff quarters, library, conference/seminar halls, hostels, an administrative block and a Sir M. Visvesvaraya Technical Museum.

Prof. Khincha said the campus was being developed on 200 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 75 crore, excluding the expenditure on laboratories and equipment.

The VTU had planned several energy and environment measures to ensure “micro-climatic conditions” at the Muddenahalli campus. The four campuses across the State would be networked electronically for effective administration, he said.

Union Minister for Law and Justice M. Veerappa Moily, Minister for Minorities Welfare Mumtaz Ali Khan, and academicians and researchers N.R. Shetty, S. Rame Gowda and Aatre were present.

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