IIIT Kakinada on fast track

IIIT Kakinada on fast track

IIIT Kakinada on fast track. The State government has on Friday constituted a four-member committee to finalise the industrial partners to participate ...

The State government has on Friday constituted a four-member committee to finalise the industrial partners to participate in the establishment of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Public private partnership (PPP) mode at Kakinada, East Godavari District. The members of the committee are : Secretary to Government, IT Dept, Commissioner of Technical Education, Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies and Commissioner of Industries. The panel was asked to submit its report in a month’s time.
The government has already identified 100 acres of land near Kakinada. If the Industry partners are ready, IIIT will come up at the soonest, officials said. Union Minister for Human Resources Development MM Pallam Raju, who represents Kakinada Lok Sabha constituency has taken active part in pushing forward this proposal to set up IIIT.
The panel was set up as the MHRD has sought a complete Detailed Project Report (DPR) indicating the Industry Partners, financial contribution from the state government and the Industry partner for early consideration of the matter.
The Commissioner of Technical Education has issued a notification on September 14 inviting the applications from potential industry partners for expression of interest to participate in establishment of IIIT, Kakinada. As the last date for submission of EOI has ended on September 27, the panel was constituted to finalize the partners.
It might be recalled that MHRD has accorded the approval for establishment of IIIT in PPP mode at Chittoor District a few months back. Sri City Foundation, Sri City Foundation Private Limited, Chintalapati Holding Private Limited and Sannareddy Holding Private Limited with commitment to contribute Rs.3.20 Cr, Rs.10.00 Cr., Rs.4.00 Cr. and Rs.2.00 Cr. respectively, have agreed to be Industry partners at Chittoor.
GMR group, which acquired huge land for Kakinada SEZ, is said to be the front-runner in the companies which have applied to be Industry partner. The CSR wing of GMR group viz GMR Varalakshmi Foundation has already been in the education sector and has conducted a need assessment study in 16 schools and 14 anganwadis. Based on the study, civil repair works have been initiated in 11 schools and 14 anganwadis. 16 vidya volunteers have been provided to 16 govt schools to bridge the gap in teacher-student ratio. Further, foundation supports the schools by providing work books, school stationery, sports kits etc. 3 Bala Badis have been set up by Foundation reaching out to about 90 children.
If Kakinada is also materialised, it would be the third national IIIT in the state after IIIT-Hyderabad and IIIT- Chittoor, which is of course still in nascent stage. In addition, there are three state-run IIITs at Basar, Idupulapaya and Nuziveedu, governed by RGUKT.
The MHRD has decided in 2010 itself to set up 20 new Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) under PPP mode to address the increased skilled challenges of the Indian Information Technology Industry. The capital cost on each IIIT is Rs.128 cr to be contributed in the ratio of 50:35:15 by the Central Govt., State Govt., and the Industry respectively.
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