Nagpur: After the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis paved the way for opening Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Nagpur, citizens of Second Capital are now eagerly waiting the entry of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT). In fact, a team from Delhi has approved a 100-acre land at Waranga on Wardha Road for setting up the IIIT but the file has got stuck in Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry for final seal.
Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister Vinod Tawde had announced in Assembly the starting of IIM at VNIT (Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology) from the academic session 2015-16. However, a sort of confusion over starting of Triple IT has been reigning supreme. The Joint Director of Technical Education Gulabrao Thakre said the department is awaiting final approval from HRD Ministry for acquiring the land. For the academic session 2015-16 the IIIT could primarily also be started from VNIT and National Power Training Institute (NPTE) with Computer and IT classes. 60 seats each could be reserved for the two classes. However, the recognition has so far has not been granted for it.
Pune IIIT starts, Nagpur waiting:
It is significant to recall that the Central Government has decided to set up 20 IIITs across the country. Nagpur and Pune in Maharashtra were to host the reputed institutes. Pune emerged lucky as the Triple IT has got functional there but till now there are no visible signs in Nagpur. For Nagpur IIIT, the Central Government is investing 50 percent, the State Government 35 percent and the two private players Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) and ADCC Infocad are to invest 15 percent combined. However, the budget of the project has not been prepared yet.
The Delhi team:
The team from Delhi that had inspected the land at Waranga comprised of HRD’s Triple IT Director Dr Alok Mishra, Triple IT Guwahati Director Dr L G Deshmukh, Technical Education Department Joint Director Gulabrao Thakre and CPWD Executive Engineer D K Ahuja. Initially, the setting up of IIIT in Nagpur faced hurdles for land. However, the team succeeded in zeroing on the 100-acre land at Waranga on Wardha Road.