Shimla: Giving the go ahead for setting up 8 new IIT in the country during the 11th Plan, the Ministry of Human Resources has asked the existing IITs to mentor the new ones for the initial 2-3 years or till they are permanently set up.
The 8 new IITs are to be located in the states of Bihar, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Orissa.
While IIT Roorkee has been assigned the task of assisting in setting up the IIT in Himachal, IIT Delhi has been asked to do so for the IIT Punjab, reliable sources close to the development disclosed. The Rajasthan IIT would be set up with the assistance of IIT Kanpur.
It may be mentioned that Union Finance Minister PC Chidambaram, on behalf of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 2nd October, 2007 had announced setting up of an IIT in the hill state.
Then chief minister Virbhadra Singh had proposed to locate the premier institute in Mandi district.
The state government was still scouting for about 500 acres of land to set up the IIT in Mandi district.
One of the prerequisites for setting up such an institute was good rail and air connectivity.
With IIT Rookree now being made the mentor institute under which the new IIT in the state is to come up, the mentor institute could play a vital role in site selection of the proposed IIT.