There is no proposal to establish any new Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the country, the Ministry of Education stated.
In the budget for the year 2014-15, setting up of five new IITs in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir and Goa, was announced. Similarly, in the 2015-16 Budget, setting up of an IIT in Karnataka and upgradation of Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad into an IIT were announced.
“Accordingly, new IITs at Tirupati and Palakkad started their academic session in 2015 and IITs at Bhilai, Jammu, Goa and Dharwad started in 2016. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, IIT Kanpur and IIT (BHU), Varanasi are operational,” Subhas Sarkar, Union Minister of State for Education, said.
The information was shared by Sarkar, in response to a written question in Lok Sabha.
“Presently, there is no proposal to establish any new IIT in the country,” he said.
The government had approved operationalisation of the six new IITs from their temporary campuses at a cost of Rs 1,411.80 crore and later, establishment of permanent campuses of these IITs under phase-A at a total cost of Rs 7,002.42 crore subsuming the balance cost of the funds approved for temporary campuses.
With inputs from PTI.