Nod for 9 NITs

Nod for 9 NITs

The Union Cabinet approved the proposal of the Ministry of Human Resource Development to set up new NITs in Manipur; Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Goa, Pudducherry Sikkim, Delhi and Uttarakhand.

A meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh decided that the process for setting up the new NITs would start in 2009-10 with formation of their respective societies, constitution of their Board of Governors and appointment of Directors.  
“The admissions in the new NITs will be made from the academic session 2010-11 and NITs will start classes either in campuses taken on lease or temporarily in mentor NITs,” said Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni here on Thursday.

Addressing a news conference after the Cabinet meeting, Soni said work for construction of campuses for the new NITs would also be initiated subject to the land being provided free of cost by the concerned States and Union Territories (UTs). The process of setting up the new NITs would be completed over a period of five years, she added.

The new NITs are being set up to cater to the needs of the states and UTs, which do not have NITs at present and have since long been demanding for the premier technology schools.

The proposed NIT in Goa would cater to Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Lakshdweep. Andaman and Nicobar Island would be served by the NIT in Puducherry, while the one in Delhi would also cater to Chandigarh.