Jamshedpur, March 16: The Ides of March seems to have brought good tidings for students of Adityapur-based National Institute of Technology (NIT) as the Union ministry of human resources development has allocated funds to the tune of Rs 800 crore for developing the institute’s infrastructure.
The Board of Governors of the tech institute has convened a meeting on campus on Sunday to discuss various plans that would ultimately be submitted to the ministry.
NIT director Rambabu Kodali said that upgrading the infrastructure of the institute would be high up on their list of priorities. “Several issues will be taken up at the board meeting, but infrastructure development will be the main agenda,” he told The Telegraph.
Kodali added that the HRD ministry has promised that availability of funds won’t be a constraint in the development of the premier engineering institute.
Lack of sufficient hostels is among the chief problems plaguing NIT students. While 3,000 students are enrolled in the institute, a mere 1,700 can be accommodated in hostels.
The others are either forced to rent houses around the campus or seek a corner in the already cramped hostel rooms. Local students, on the other hand, are categorically told that they cannot avail of hostel facilities, compelling them to traverse long distances to attend classes.
Among the other plans in the director’s wishlist are the construction of roads within the campus, the setting-up of a new gymkhana and the renovation of the administrative building.