Pala to host new Indian Institute of Information Technology in Kerala

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Tvm: Pala in Kottayam district will be the home for the new Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) sanctioned for Kerala. This was informed by the Minister for Industries and IT, Shri P K Kunhalikutty in the Legislative Assembly yesterday. The IIIT is one of the twenty new institutes sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) to be set up across the country.

Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) are institutes of higher education, focused on IT. They are established by the Central government, centrally funded, and managed by the HRD Ministry. Admissions to the undergraduate programmes in IIITs are through the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE). The addition of new IIITs and setting the current IIITs as Institutes of National Importance is proposed under The Institutes of Information Technology Bill 2010.

As per the 2011 Union Budget, the new IIITs to be set up in every major State, will be through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. Nasscom has submitted a detailed project report to the Government of India on the establishment of these IIITs. The partners setting up IIITs will be the HRD Ministry, the governments of respective States where each IIIT will be established and industry members. Each of the new IIITs are being set up with capital cost contribution of Rs.120 crore in the ratio of 50:35:15 by the Centre, State and industry respectively. In addition, state governments should offer 50-100 acres of contiguous land for free, and identify industry partners.

In Kerala, the government has asked the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) to find an industrial partner for the project.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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