Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on 14 May 2015 gave an in-principle approval for setting up an IIIT (Indian Institute of Information Technology) in Nagpur, Maharashtra.
It will be the first IIIT to be set up in the state.
The IIIT will join a batch of national institutes which are set to come up in the city, namely the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM).
The setting up of these higher educational institutions in Nagpur is aimed at improving educational infrastructure in the backward Vidarbha region.
About Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs)
Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) are a group of specialized institutes providing higher education in Information Technology (IT).
The MHRD took a decision in 2008 to set up 20 such institutions during the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12) to serve the human resource and technical needs of the Indian IT Industry.
In December 2014, the Parliament has passed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) Bill, 2014 to grant four existing IIITs situated in Uttar Pradesh, Tami Nadu and Madhya Pradesh independent statutory status. It proposes to declare them as institutes of national importance and enables them to grant degrees to their students.
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What: Approved by the MHRD
When: 14 May 2015