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NIT smart classes to debut after 2-year wait

The ambitious Rs 140cr Diamond Jubilee Lecture Hall complex complete with hi-tech teaching gadgets will be inaugurated online

Pinaki Majumdar Jamshedpur Published 19.10.20, 03:48 PM
The newly-built Diamond Jubilee Lecture Hall omplex at NIT campus on Sunday.

The newly-built Diamond Jubilee Lecture Hall omplex at NIT campus on Sunday. Bhola Prasad

Already delayed by over two years now, the ambitious Rs 140cr Diamond Jubilee Lecture Hall complex with smart classrooms and new faculty chambers will debut at the Adityapur-based National Institute of Technology (NIT-Jamshedpur) campus on October 20.

The four-storeyed air-conditioned complex with a spacious canteen and parking lot will be inaugurated online by Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' and Sanjay Dhotre, the state minister for education on Tuesday.

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NIT director Karunesh Kumar Shukla and other senior officials and faculty members will attend the inaugural function which will be held on-campus.

The ambitious lecture hall complex was slated to become functional by July last year, but construction work way delayed due to the Lok Sabha polls.

Later, the Covid pandemic delayed the completion of the project even further.

The lecture hall complex built on an area of 22,380 sq.m comprises 36 smart classrooms equipped with a large touchscreen LED display panel, computers, specialised software, audience response technology, assistive listening devices, networking, high-end audio-visual facilities and other hi-tech teaching gadgets for BTech, MTech and MCA students.

Each classroom has a seating capacity of 120.

The air-conditioned lecture hall complex also has 160 faculty chambers. The building is equipped with solar panels, LEDs and sensor-based lighting system.

The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) had offloaded the work to Bokaro-based infrastructure development firm Kamla Aditya Constructions, which executed the multi-crore project.

NIT sources said that out of Rs 140cr, Rs 68cr is being spent for civil construction work including wall panelling and false ceiling work while the rest of the amount is being spent on the installation of a centralised AC system and electrical fittings.

NIT spokesperson Nishant Sinha said the online inauguration will take place at 3 pm on Tuesday.

"The lecture hall complex has been built as per the specifications of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA). Classes are expected to resume in November," he said.

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