Minister of Jammu & Kashmir State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh has asked Human Resource Development Ministry to mull over setting up another Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus in Jammu and Kashmir.
Sing told HRD Minister Smriti Irani that state J & K possess great potential to produce commendable engineers. He added that Jammu’s geographical and logistical advantages can prove to be an ideal place for opening such an institute.
At present, total 16 Indian Institutes of Technology are run within India, at different cities --Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Mandi (Himachal Pradesh), Delhi, Indore, Kharagpur, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Madras, Gandhinagar, Patna, Roorkee, Ropar (Punjab), (Banaras Hindu University) Varanasi, Hyderabad, and Guwahati.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh, proposed, HRD Minister Irani to set up an IIT in Jammu. Upon this, Irani assured him to take this idea forward to be put in a right way, as per the release by personnel in Ministry.
Besides the IIT proposal, Singh also brought up various other issues related to J-K to the notice of HRD Minister. He urged to streamline the appointment of faculty as well as Vice Chancellors in various varsities in J-K. In addition, he suggested the optimal utilization of Central University, Jammu and another central campus be set up in Ladakh. Another request was made for an upgrade of the existing campus of Jammu University at Kathua region.
For betterment and for more avenues in education sector in the state, Singh asked Irani to set up a Kendriya Vidyalaya in Doda, for which the land will be offered by taking permission from the government.
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