Javedkar inaugurates IIT Jammu

07 Aug 2016 | By Vaneet Randhawa

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar unveiled the transit campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Jammu.

Ninety students are scheduled to attend its first academic session.

Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh said the IIT campus has "marked a new chapter in the development of J&K and is a step closer to promote the state as a new education hub."

In context: IIT Jammu

IntroductionIITs: India's education at its best

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are self-governing public institutes of higher education.

They are administered by the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 which declares them as "institutions of national importance".

The act also lays down their authorities, responsibilities, and structure for governance etc.

There are 23 IITs in India (including the new ones scheduled for inauguration in 2016) so far.

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A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the presence of Deputy CM J&K Dr. Nirmal Singh for setting up of IIT Jammu. Singh said the Government would set up IIT Jammu with "highest standards parallel to other IITs in the country."

He said with the setting up of IIT Jammu the students won't have to go far off places to study.

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07 Aug 2016Javedkar inaugurates IIT Jammu

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The present campus a transit campus

The campus inaugurated by HRD Minister is the ad interim campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Jammu and "will function from a well-equipped temporary campus in Paloura, Jammu."