Taking the land scarcity into consideration, the HRD Ministry has released a note on the meeting of a committee on Central Education Institutions (CEIs) stating that they may be located in clusters in cities in close vicinity to business hubs. It was further added by an official that there is no other option than sharing resources and going for vertical build space instead of horizontal growth. This can help cut down land requirements.
Leading educational institutes of the nation, IITs, NITs, IIMs, IIITs and NISERs have a massive land requirement for setting up their academic infrastructure. Land requirements range from around 100 acres for IIITs, 200 acres for IIMs and IISERs, 300 acres for NITs and 500 acres for IITs and central universities. Due to land mass scarcity many of the recently opened institutes are functioning from makeshift campuses. Even those of which operating in own campus are quite far away from the main city.
This is affecting talent absorption and expansion of these institutes. Bhaskar Ramamurthy, director of IIT Madras, said that there is always a challenge to convince faculty members to move to a place which is less developed. Though new institutes are improving their facilities, geography has its own benefit and helps attract quality faculty and even companies for placement.