Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD), Prakash Javadekar today inaugurated the first campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Jammu and also announced Rs 100 crore for the establishment of NIT Srinagar.
The institution and the campus will be built over 500 Acres of land at Jagti, Nagrota. Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister said with the opening of IIT Jammu will fulfils the long pending demand of the people that will transform the region as an educational hub and the institution would become a flag bearer of the intellectual capacity of the country. Congratulating the students who made it into IIT Jammu, the Minister stated that IITs are recognised world over as premier institutes of academic excellence, adding that they are the privileged ones who will foster the ambitious ‘Make in India’ programme.
Calling upon the students and the faculty of IIT to promote research and innovation culture, the Minister said that the government has contemplated various programmes to give impetus to the research in various fields.
He said government contemplates to start IIT power programme for providing free coaching and guidance to the aspiring IIT students which shall greatly help students in fulfilling their dream of entering these premier institutes.
“The focus of the government is on quality education and all stakeholders shall partner in this endeavour to take the country on the zenith of technical and academic brilliance” said the Minister.
The Minister also announced Rs 100 crore for setting up of research infrastructure in NIT Srinagar, besides upgradation of institutes of higher and technical education in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of State in Prime Minister Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that opening of premier institute like IIT marks a new chapter in the development of the state and a step close to a vision to promote Jammu and Kashmir as a new education hub. While congratulating the students on making it to the IIT Jammu, Dr Jitendra Singh exhorted them to be the torch bearer of the ‘Start Up India’ campaign and said that these are the privileged ones to be the architect of the new India.
On the occasion Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh said both Central as well as State governments have taken various historic initiatives for developing education sector. He said with the inauguration of IIT, a foundation has been laid for making Jammu an education hub. “With the starting of the classes in IIT Jammu, a foundation has been laid for making Jammu an educational focal point of the country and various other prestigious institutes like IIM, AIIMS, IIMC are also coming up which will definitely give a new identity to the state in addition to being a beautiful tourist destination,” he added.