Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gujarat to set up IITRM to meet demand of infra engineers

Anticipating an increase in the demand for engineers in infrastructure development, the Gujarat government has proposed to set up an Institute of Infrastructure, Technology, Research and Management (IITRM) in the rapidly industrialising state.

To cater to need of specific demand of trained manpower in infrastructure and to provide a platform for research based institute in the field of engineering, it is considered necessary to have a dedicated autonomous institute with powers of a University, said Gujarat's Minister for Education Ramanlal Vora, referring to setting up of IITRM. "This will lead to the development of centre of excellence in the area of infrastructure engineering and will boost technical education in the state," he said.

"Foreseeing a demand for engineers in the infra space over the next few years the government has decided to set up a varsity on the lines of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU)," Gujarat's Principal Secretary Education Department Hasmukh Adhia said. "The capital support to this proposed varsity shall be given by the government. It would charge normal fee from the students to meet its recurring expenditures from the fee structure, and gain financial autonomy," Adhia said.

A bill to pave way for the establishment of university called --- IITRM --- was tabled during the budget session of the state assembly recently. The bill, if enacted and brought into operation, will involve an estimated expenditure of Rs. 18 crore (Rs. 180 million) in FY 2011-12 and a sum of Rs. 67 crore (Rs. 670 million) in FY 2012-13, of which Rs. 47 crore (Rs. 470 million) will be capital expenditure.

The institute thrusts shall be on research. It is expected to accommodate around 2,000 students in campus, once fully operational, Adhia said. Out of these, 50 per cent students will be under graduates and remaining from PG Doctoral and sponsored courses in the area of engineering and management.

In the backdrop of rapid industrialisation here, the demand for engineers in Gujarat is touted to be higher as compared to the other states. The state engineering colleges presently offer courses across 32 segments such as aviation, textile processing, automobile, amongst other at nominal fee of Rs. 3,000 to 4,000 per annum. In the recently tabled budget, the Gujarat government increased its planned expenditure by 33 per cent to Rs. 50,599 crore (Rs. 505.99 billion) in FY:2012-13 against plan size of Rs 38,000 crore (Rs. 380 billion) in the last fiscal.

Source: Press Trust of India (PTI), February 28, 2012

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