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Mmata Lays Foundation Stone Of IIIT Kalyani

2015-06-30 23:30

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee speaking at the inaugural programme of IIIT-Kalyani Picture by RANJIT SARKAR


Kalyani, June 30: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of an independent campus of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Kalyani.  The campus of this non-profit making premium IT institute will be coming up on a 50-acres of land located on Kalyani expressway at the outskirt of Kalyani town.

However, 54 Students for the first academic session of the institute, which will offer B Tech in the Information Technology, have already been admitted and classes would begin at a private engineering college in Kalyani from July.

The 128-crore IIIT Kalyani project, is one of the 20 IIIT projects envisaged and developed by the previous UPA government for across the country. It is a joint venture of Union ministry of human resource development, state government and private enterprises.

The IIIT Kalyani will be the 11th such institute in the country.

While laying the foundation stone for the campus, chief minister Mamata Banerjee demanded the credit for commencement of the classes even in absence of own campus.

“Agey shilanyas korey kaaj suru hoto na, aar amra agey kaaj suru korey shilanyas kori”, she said.

“We are expecting a boom in the IT industry and this institute will play a pivotal role in this aspect. The state has been progressing fast in the IT sector and at present most of the governmental jobs are being carried out through IT”, the chief minister said.

“This institute will be catering scope of IT education and employment opportunity”, she claimed.

“I am hopeful that the construction of this project would begin soon. However, the academic part will be going on and 120 more students would be enrolled for the next academic session”, she added.

Sources said that Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has been entrusted to construction work of the academic and hostel campus. The 1st phase of the project is likely to be completed by the end of May 2017.

[Chief Minister appeared to be very euphoric on Tuesday not just for the IIIT project, rather lot of health and educational projects coming up in the town.

“Kalyani has become a symbol of development in the state. While projects like IIIT is being established in the town, the IT analytics hub, all India institute of medical science is also coming up in the town. With these new projects and two universities and a medical college functioning at present, the people will see a wave of development in Kalyani”.

“We have given free land for the AIMS project for which the government has incurred Rupees 70-crores. It is a matter of pride to us”, she said.

100 acres of land has been identified in Basantapur village located at the outskirt of Kalyani where the AIMS project set to come up. ]

Meanwhile IIIT sources said that since the campus is yet to come up, it will provide assistance to the students so that they can get accommodation in Kalyani town.

Director of the Institute Ajay Roy said: “At present 60 seats in the B Tech information technology has been offered. The department of IT and electronics has set up a computer lab with 35 terminals of high end computers at the institute. The computer science and engineering faculty will be introduced from the 2015-16 academic session . The Electronics and telecommunication engineering faculty will be introduced from 2016-17 sessions”.

“The Indian institute of engineering science and technology (IIEST), Shibpur (formerly known as BESU) has been appointed as the mentor institute which will facilitate the faculty and curriculum development initiatives for the institute”, he added. 

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