3 Karnataka universities take lead, offer land for IIT

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BENGALURU: With the Karnataka government yet to decide on the location for IIT, vice-chancellors of three universities have offered a part of their land for setting up the premier institute..

Leading from the front are Mysore and Bangalore universities, whose campuses spread over more than 1,000 acres each.

B Thimme Gowda, VC of Bangalore University, said: "If the government sends a proposal seeking space for IIT on the Jnanabharathi campus, I can bring it before the syndicate." The campus on Mysore Road extends over 1,100 acres.

His Mysore counterpart KS Rangappa said they can accommodate the premier institute on their campus. "We have about 1,300 acres. We are ready to provide land to establish IIT because Mysuru is known as education hub," he said.

He said the government has the option of setting up IIT in Hassan. When Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister, 1,200 acres were notified in Hassan to establish a central university or an IIT. "Hassan is 120km from Mysuru and one can cover this distance in 90 minutes. IIT can be established in Hassan," he said.It has been over a month since Union finance minister Arun Jaitley announced an IIT for Karnataka in the budget. Since then, the Karnataka government has not held a single meeting with experts to take the proposal forward. Chief minister Siddaramaiah told TOI earlier he would make the announcement by the end of March.

H Maheshappa, vice-chancellor of Visvesaraya Technological University, said, "Identifying 500 acres for IIT will take at least five years. Then, construction of buildings and other facilities will take another 3-4 years. The government can use the VTU's campus temporarily so that our students need not travel to other states to pursue their IIT dream. We have new hostel buildings, guesthouses, laboratories and other facilities on the Muddenahalli campus, which can be used for IIT. We will support the government for this project."

The 200-acre campus is situated at Muddenahalli in Chikballapur, 65km from Bengaluru.

The Karnataka State Women's University, Vijayapura, has also come forward to help in setting up IIT. Vice-chancellor Meena Rajiv Chandawarkar said the university, which has a campus of 280 acres, is ready to do a survey with the help of the district administration to find a suitable place in Vijayapura to establish IIT.

Intellectuals bat for institute in Dharwad

DHARWAD: While the government drags its feet over deciding the location for IIT, Dharwad educationists, writers, politicians and industry leaders have joined hands to press for setting up of the premier institute in theor district.

They decided to meet the chief minister and present their case.

They decided to take a delegation to Siddaramaiah during his visit to the city next week and explain to him the resources available here to establish an IIT.

Former vice-chancellor of Mangalore University MI Savadatti said Bengaluru is clogged with a vast number of premier institutes and setting up an IIT there would not serve any purpose. "By setting up IIT here, Dharwad can be transformed into economic and technological hub of Karnataka," he added.

Former vice-chancellor of UAS JH Kulkarni said the region has seen good development. "Dharwad is in no way inferior to any other place. Popularly called 'Air-conditioned city', it has a conducive atmosphere for learning and the connectivity too has been improved. There's land, water and power here," he said.

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