Haryanas education city

Written by Kirtika Suneja | Updated: Dec 4 2011, 08:07am hrs
The six-lane road, rail bridges and flyovers more than prepare you for what to expect as one drives from Delhi to Rohtak, but a signboard proclaiming The education city of Rohtak welcomes you, kind of makes it official that the once agrarian city has truly transformed.

For a city that will soon have the distinction of housing both the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), with IIT Delhi planning to set up its satellite campus in Rohtak in a few years, and 14 other institutes of higher education being established here, the label of education city does not seem exaggerated.

Rohtak has progressed a lot in the field of education and there are a number of technical institutions here. It has been the endeavour of the Haryana government to provide quality education to its students, says Deepender Singh Hooda, MP from Rohtak.

In fact, IIM Rohtak is the only new IIM to have partnered with a foreign university, US-based Indiana Universitys Kelley School of Business, for joint research work and joint delivery of courses for a period of five years. This is the only IIM in NCR and we hope to have an outreach campus of the institute in Haryana to service Delhi, adds Hooda.

While IIM Rohtak has started functioning from its temporary campus at Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), the Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) and Film and Drama Institute will soon be up and running.

The state government, through the Government Technical Institution Society of Rohtak, has established four institutes in the field of fashion design, film and television, fine arts and communication in an area spanning 8.9 hectares. Construction has been completed and these institutes will be operational soon. The campus also includes three government polytechnics.

Further the Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI), located in the industrial model township in Rohtak, caters to the needs of trained manpower for the footwear industry. FDDI, which began in 2011-12, is collaborating with leading design and fashion institutes in the world for offering world class design oriented programmes at the Rohtak centre. Talks are going on with AR Sutoria-Milan, Italy; Mode Pelle-Milan, Italy, and Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, for tie-ups. It has a total of 240 seats across eight programmes.

The city also boasts of more than 15 operational technical colleges, both engineering and polytechnics. Private engineering institutes include Sat Priya Institute of Engineering and Technology, Vaish College of Engineering, Shri Baba Mast Nath Engineering College, Rohtak Institute of Engineering & Management, Matu Ram Institute of Engineering and Management, and RN Engineering & Management College (for women only). Besides, there are six private polytechnics, namely CR Polytechnic, Vaish Technical Institute, Balaji Polytechnic, Vikrmaditya Polytechnic, Sheetal Polytechnic and Modern Institute of Technology.

We are also looking to set up more medical colleges in the city, as right now, there is only one medical college in Rohtak, Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, adds Hooda.

The state government pegs that an additional 10,000 students will have access to higher education in Rohtak once all the institutes become functional. With a total population of 10.5 lakh, Rohtak boasts of 75% literacy.

The mushrooming of educational institutes has also led to the student population going up in the city. As a consequence, many new retail and eating outlets have come up in the past few years, besides good connectivity with nearby towns and cities, says Ankush, an MDU student who has been living on campus for three years.

The metamorphosis is happening on the industrial front too. The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), which has developed an industrial model township (IMT) near Rohtak on NH-10, spread over 1,200 hectares, has attracted companies like Asian Paints, Maruti Suzuki and Hitech Plastics, among others. The state is seeing investments of almost R2,000 crore being poured in, with Rohtak central to the theme. In fact, being an integral part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), the city is bound to attract more investments in the future.

HSIIDC says plots have been allotted to Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (700 acres), Asian Paints (130 acres), Hi-Tech Plastics (10 acres), Blow Packaging Ltd (three acres) and SHV Energy Ltd (five acres). While Maruti-Suzuki is developing its testing track and R&D facility at IMT Rohtak, Japans leading auto components company Aisin Seiki has proposed to set up a manufacturing facility over an area of 30 acres, with an investment of R406 crore. Aisin Seiki also plans to set up another manufacturing facility for brake parts at an estimated cost of R330 crore, for which it would require 20 acres of land.

Further, with an escalation of real estate prices in Gurgaon, which has considerably increased the cost of operation of various companies, Rohtaks IMT, which is a part of NCR, can be considered a greenfield alternative to Gurgaon. The real estate prices, which were hovering at R2-3 lakh per acre, have already shot up to more than R20-25 lakh per acre.