In this year’s Union Budget, Finance Minister Aurn Jaitley promised the youth of India five new IITs along with six new IIMs. And now, according to reports, the government is collaborating with different agencies and departments to make sure that all these new IITs and IIMs become operational from 2015.
In order to make everything go as smooth as possible, the Human Resources and Development, HRD Ministry has already held two meetings with the Finance Ministry this month. The government has stated that initially these institutes will be operating from temporary campuses before shifting to their allotted permanent campuses in due course of time.
It is worth mentioning that while there is enthusiasm among students across India for having these new institutions, skeptics point out that it was not wise on the government’s part to set up new IITs and IIMs while the existing ones are struggling with lack of adequate resources.
“There is always a need for more quality institutions and all the new IITs and IIMs will be operational from the coming year. It’s better to start them early….The HRD ministry will float a cabinet note soon—may be in the next two to three months,” official said, as reported by the Live Mint.
Meanwhile, experts throughout the country have appreciated the government’s drastic measures to step up these new institutions in the shortest period possible.
“There is certainly a need for more IITs and IIMs in the country, but they are coming too many too quickly. There was huge gap between when the older ones came up and the new ones are coming up. Instead of so many, so quickly, it could have come one by one over the last few decades. The government now has to work to reduce the risk (of failure) by way of leveraging technology, quality content and improved delivery,” says Ajay Kela, Chief Executive of Wadhwani Foundation and an alumnus of IIT-Bombay.