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NIT board likely to meet in January

Adityapur-based National Institute of Technology (NIT) is gearing up to hold its board of governors’ (BoG) meeting under new chairman Ashok Chauhan and new director Rambabu Kodali, tentatively on January 14.

This was confirmed by Kodali. “It’s likely that the BoG meeting will be held on that day. But we are waiting for a confirmed date from the Union ministry of human resource development,” he said.

The director further added that although the agenda for the meeting was yet to be finalised, some key decisions would be definitely taken.

According to sources, a number of pending matters pertaining to construction of two additional hostels and a network of roads on the campus would be taken up.

Though the MHRD has already sanctioned Rs 105 crore for the projects two months ago, the final approval for starting construction could not be given in the absence of BoG meetings, which will decide when the tender will be floated and also the deadline for completion.

Notably, lack of accommodation space is a cause of concern for the tech cradle. At present, over 3,000 students pursue various courses at NIT. However, hostels can accommodate only 1,800 students.

As many as five first-year and second-year students put up in a room meant for only three. Similarly, third-year and final-year students, who are entitled to a single room, have to share accommodation space.