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September 18, 2009

Five new NITs in North East

Five new NITs in North East

NEW DELHI, Sept 18 – The Union Cabinet has cleared setting up of five new National Institutes of Technology (NITs) in the five North Eastern States of Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim. The clearance came even as Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh asked Minister Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Bijoy Krishna Handique and Labour Minister Harish Rawat to jointly work out a blue print for introducing the plastic process and polymer technology courses in all ITIs in the north-eastern region.

Meanwhile, the process for setting up of these new NITs will start in 2009-10 with formation of their respective societies, constitution of their board of governors, appointment of directors. The admissions in these new NITs will be made from the academic session 2010-11 and NITs will start classes either in campuses taken on lease or temporarily in mentor NITs.

Work for construction of campuses for these new NITs would also be initiated subject to the land being provided free of cost by the concerned States. The process of setting up will be completed over a period of five year, sources said.

The new NITs are being set up so as to cater to the needs of States, which do not have NITs as of now. These Institutes will ultimately help in addressing the aspirations of people especially of the North-east region where six new NITs are to be established, sources said.

Each of the NIT under scheme A would be established at a cost of Rs.250 crore, while each of the NIT in scheme B will be set up at a cost of Rs.300 crore. Total project cost is Rs.2600 crore. During 11th Plan the expenditure will be of the order of Rs.540 crore and for the year 2009-2010 expenditures would be of the order of Rs.50 crore.

Meanwhile, official sources said the issue of introducing the two courses in the ITIs figured at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) held on Thursday.

Sources said Handique mentioned that with Assam Gas Cracker due to be completed by 2012, the Project would need sufficient number of trained personnel for its downstream units. According to a rough estimate some one lakh job opportunities is projected to be created in the Project.

The idea is to create adequate number skilled manpower would be available in NER by the time Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) comes up, sources quoted Handique as saying.

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