Make IIT functional from next academic session: Dy. CM

JAMMU, OCTOBER 30: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today chaired a meeting to review the progress made in the establishment of permanent campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the State.

The Deputy CM said that the procedural formalities for starting the construction work of the premium institute should be expedited and the possibility of starting the classes in the temporary campus should be explored.

The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Dr Pawan Kotwal, Commissioner/Secretary Higher Education, Sarita Chauhan besides senior functionaries of Education, R&B, Forest and Wild Life department.

The Deputy CM directed the officers of PWD (R&B) Department to complete the procedural formalities for starting the construction of boundary wall around the 3400 kanal land identified near Khanpur Jagti for setting up permanent campus of IIT.

He also instructed the officers of PHE and PDD department to ensure supply of uninterrupted water and power supply to the site whenever required.

It was informed in the meeting that IIT committee, which visited the site, had demanded that an additional 250 acres land should be made available for their long term construction plans near the IIT campus.

Asking for early appointment of faculty and meeting other requirements, the Deputy Chief Minister asked the authorities to explore the possibility for starting the classes at temporary campus from next academic session.

Others present in the meeting were  Additional District Development Commissioner Jammu Anuradha Gupta, Chief Engineer PWD (R&B) Alok Mengi, Chief Conservator of Forest Wildlife Department, Jammu A K Gupta, Chief Conservator of Forests Jammu, Roshan Jaggi, Nodal Principal GGM Science College Prof Ajeet Angral and Regional Director IGNOU Jammu KK Bhat.

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