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Union Cabinet approves Rs 13,990 crores for construction of 8 new IITs

Ipsita Sarkar | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

The Union Cabinet, on 29 June, approved the revised cost estimates for construction of the permanent campuses of the eight Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) set up at Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Mandi, Patna, and Ropar.

"Each IIT typically has 10,000 students and requires about 50 lakh Sq.ft constructed area. In 2008, it was estimated that the cost of these campuses would cost Rs. 760 crores. The Cabinet noted that these estimates were prepared with 2006 Index rates and without the site survey that would have made them site specific and accurate. These IITs began to function without the identification and handing over of land for permanent campuses, further disadvantaging them. The land was provided by the State Governments later, in 2011-12," stated a release from the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The Cabinet approved the revision (in Rs. crores) at the IITs as follows:

IIT Bhubaneswar

760 (Original sanction)

1,880 (Approved cost)

IIT Gandhinagar

760 (Original sanction)

1,716 (Approved cost)

IIT Hyderabad

760 (Original sanction)

2,075 (Approved cost)

IIT Indore

760 (Original sanction)

1,902 (Approved cost)

IIT Jodhpur

760 (Original sanction)

1,605 (Approved cost)

IIT Mandi

760 (Original sanction)

1,466 (Approved cost)

IIT Patna

760 (Original sanction)

1,678 (Approved cost)

IIT Ropar

760 (Original sanction)

1,668 (Approved cost)

Over all:

6,080 (Original Sanction)

13,990 (Approved cost)

First published: 29 June 2016, 6:46 IST
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Ipsita writes on education with focus on schools, higher education (engineering, B-Schools), HRD ministry, policies, and startup ecosphere. She's previously worked with Hindustan Times and Shiksha.com.