Sibal: New IITs not doing well due to state apathy.

The new Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) are not doing too well because of the poor infrastructure available, said Union human resource development minister, Mr Kapil Sibal, on Tuesday.

Accusing the state governments of apathy in allocating the required land for these institutions, Mr Sibal said, “These new IITs are
functioning in temporary campuses and are unable to attract new faculty members. We need commitment from state governments for at least 500 acres of land without any liabilities attached.” In 2008, new IITs were announced in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Gujarat, Punjab, Bihar, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

Though land has been allotted for IIT-Hyderabad,
the minister said buildings and other infrastructure are not yet in place.

Mr Sibal was in Hyderabad to attend a four-day Geospatial World Forum 2011, which began here on Tuesday. Mr Sibal said the National Geospatial Data Authority Bill could be tabled in Parliament. The Bill would create an independent regulator to oversee licensing and distribution of geospatial information that is used for mapping.

Source : DC

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