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Sibal to lay foundation for campus

Shillong, Oct. 9: The foundation stone for a permanent campus of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) will be laid by Union minister for human resource development Kapil Sibal on Friday in Sohra (Cherrapunjee).

The institute will be housed at a proposed area of 200 acres, which has been allotted by the Meghalaya government, in the heart of Sohra.

However, NIT director Prof. D.K. Saikia said the institute is expected to receive another 73 acres of additional land from the government.

“The NIT at Sohra has been established by the Union ministry of human resource development as an institute of “national importance” to play the role of a catalyst in the development of the state,” Saikia said. It is one among the 30 NITs in the country.

He said the institute commenced its activities in 2010 with Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat as the mentor institute where the first batch of BTech students were admitted in three disciplines in the SVNIT campus with a total of 90 students.

“The activities in the institute started on a temporary campus in Shillong in November, 2011 with the joining of a regular director,” Saikia said.

He said the NIT Sohra will have a state-of-the-art infrastructure for education and research where the best of talents will be attracted to make it a world class institute in the fields of science and technology.

The institute is expected to play a significant role not only in the development of quality human resource but also in the development of technology through research and innovation, he added.

On Friday, Sibal will be accompanied by chief minister Mukul Sangma while state education minister R.C. Laloo will preside over the function of the foundation stone-laying ceremony.

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