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The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, will receive Rs 30 crore from the Centre to develop infrastructure as more students have taken admission this year.

The rise in student numbers follows the introduction of the financially weak quota for general students, an institute official said.

The government brought in a quota for the economically weak (general category) through the 103rd constitutional amendment in January.

The number of students has reached 750 at the undergraduate level. Hundred of them took admission under the quota, the official said.

“But we do not have adequate classrooms and hostels to accommodate these stu- The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology dents,” Parthasarathi Chakrabarti, the director of the institute, said. “The HRD ministry has sanctioned Rs 30 crore in this regard. At a meeting of the board of governors on Monday, another proposal for additional funds was tabledThe institute has proposed to develop a hostel that can accommodate 1,000 students and an academic complex comprising classrooms and laboratories. Director Chakrabarty said a proposal seeking Rs 303 crore for the hostel and the academic complex had been tabled on Monday.

“We have approached the HRD ministry to get maximum funds under the institute’s project grant. For the rest, we can take a loan under the government’s Higher Education Financing Agency schemeWhen IIEST started its journey in 2014, the Centre had sanctioned Rs 592 crore as project grant to be spent over five years, another institute official said.

“The institute was in a transitional mode (being elevated from a state university to a Centre-run institute) and did not have a permanent director till June 2018. So, the projects on hostels and classrooms were not pursued seriously.”.

 

Source: The Telegraph

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