The Delhi Cabinet has granted Rs 291.88 crore to Delhi Technological University (DTU) for the construction infrastructure for an additional 3,800 students. The fund allocated will be used to develop two academic blocks under the phase-II construction of the institution. Besides DTU, funds have been allocated to Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi (IIIT-D) for construction work. The Cabinet has sanctioned an additional fund of Rs 70 crore as an interest-free loan for IIIT-D. This amount is over and above the already sanctioned loan amount of Rs 250 crore. The decision to allocate more funds was taken due to increase in the cost of construction of Phase II of the campus. The construction will take place at IIIT-D campus at Okhla.
"Presently, Delhi Technological University - having over 9,000 students - is being run with insufficient infrastructure facilities which were created to cater to the needs of 3,000 students," a statement from the government said. The DTU, which was established in the year 1941 with the name of Delhi Polytechnic, has over 9000 students enrolled in various courses. According to reports, the additional fund granted to DTU will be used to build infrastructure that will provide residential accommodation to nearly 1000 student in the three hostel blocks.
Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government wants to bring revolution in higher education just like it did in government schools. The Chief Minister said that higher education institutions - like Delhi Technical University, III-T Delhi, and Ambedkar University Delhi, -in the national capital must strive to be among the top 10 institutions in the world. He said that the government is expanding campuses of these institutions and will take appropriate measures to provide better facilities to students.