Narender Bragta, Horticulture Minister of Himachal presided over the function. He informed that 530 acres of land has been identified for the construction of IIT in Mandi district and Rs. 760 crore have been sanctioned for the same. He said that the ensuing academic session for 120 students in computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering would start from the year 2009-2010.
The Minister further stated that Rs. 30 crore are being spent in the current financial year under Horticulture Technology Mission for which Rs. 100 crore have been sanctioned by the Central Government. He said that Rs. 12 crore were being spent on horticulture development activities in Mandi district during current financial year.