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Finally, An IIT In Goa!
Having Goa as a place to study seems exciting to engineering students! Union Defence minister Manohar Parrikar, in a tweet on Wednesday, thanked HRD minister Smriti Irani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their nod to make the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Goa operational from 2016-17. The tweet comes a week after a Union ministry of human resources development (HRD) team inspected a site at Loliem to set up the IIT. "Goa takes one more step towards becoming a knowledge centre," Parrikar tweeted. Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar told reporters that the government would try and start IIT classes from the academic year 2016-17 itself operating out of the mining department of Goa Engineering college, Farmagudi. The others are at Tirupati ( Andhra Pradesh), Palakkad (Kerala), Dharwar (Karnataka), Bhilai ( Chhattisgarh), Jammu (J&K) and conversion of Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad to an IIT under the Act. The HRD's three-member team headed by HRD additional secretary (technical education) R Subrahmanyam had inspected the site on May 18, following which Subrahmanyam was vocal about his approval of the Loliem site for IIT Goa. The identified site measures approximately 280 acres. The team found that the site met all criteria expected like its flattish contour, location near a railway station, and close proximity to the highway, among others. The IIT is expected to become operational with Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi, as its temporary campus. The institute is likely to begin by offering 90 seats of 30 each in three streams. The land belongs to the local communidade, which has already given its NOC to allow the IIT to come up in the area. Though Goa officials had earlier short listed sites at Shristhal and Poinguinim in Canacona too, they were so sure of the Loliem plot that the HRD team was taken to only that site on May 18.