IIIT to be set up in Assam

An Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) would be set up at Mirza near here in Assam on the lines of IIT, chief minister Tarun Gogoi said on Monday.

Guwahati: An Indian Institute of
Information Technology (IIIT) would be set up at Mirza near
here in Assam on the lines of IIT, chief minister Tarun Gogoi
said on Monday.

The project has been conceived in public-private mode
with central government and Assam government and
leading industry partners as stake holders, Gogoi told
reporters here.

The IIIT is in response to the union HRD ministry`s
decision to set up 20 new IIITs across the country in addition
to the existing four institutes of international standard in
Hyderabad, Bangalore, Gandhinagar and Delhi, he said.

"With world-class infrastructure for academics and
research in the field of information technology and sciences",
Gogoi said, "emphasis would be on industry-interface research
and development relevant to Assam, besides skill development
benefitting the youths of the state to be employable here and
elsewhere".

The Centre would have a share of 57.5 per cent, Assam
government 35 per cent and the rest 7.5 per cent would be
together held by the Tata Group, Oil India Ltd and Amtron"
he added.

The first board of governors of the IIIT would be
decided in consultatiojn with S Ramadorai, Former TCS chief
and present advisor to the Prime Minister in the national
skill development council.

Ramadorai said, "We want to start classes in August
2012 and students can join the Institute after class 12. We
will also focus on undergraduate researh. We will also
concentrate on local domains and needs and how to
bridge the two".

PTI

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