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Karnataka plans to setup new IIT in Raichur

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Karnataka to setup new IIT in Raichur
The Karnataka state government is pushing hard to setup a premier institute called IIT in Raichur. But the question is, why state govt needed IIT in Raichur?.

Karnataka higher education minister R V Deshpande favours setting up IIT in Raichur, a backward district in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region.

Recently, Deshpande met HRD Minister Kapil Sibal to start for it.

Initially, Govt proposed to start IIT in either Raichur or Chikballapur. Three years ago, there was a proposal to locate an IIT, if sanctioned, at the UVCE campus in Bangalore. Later, there was another suggestion that the location could be Muddenahalli in Chikballapur.

With 217 seats for IITs going vacant this year, experts feel that Karnataka should rethink its plan to have the institute in tier-II city.

The most of the seats are left in the IITs which have in tier-II cities, and newly started IITs.

Most of the students prefer IITs to be in tier-I cities like, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta.

Prof S Sadagopan, the founder of IIIT-Bangalore, says, an IIT in a tier-II city may not be successful due to a host problem, the first one being connectivity.

"These colleges will not be able draw world class faculties in large numbers, which would automatically result in fewer students enrolling themselves," he added.

Around 16 IITs are present in India and they have 10,000 seats for the students to get admissions.

Most of the students, want to get into IITs in Mumbai, Madras, Delhi, Hyderabad, while 12 other IITs located in Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Indore, Joshpur, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Mandi, Patna, Ropar, Roorkee and Varanasi do not find the students.

When it comes to technical education, Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgaum is playing an important role in Karnataka from 1998.

It has around 194 affiliated engineering colleges across Karnataka.

Past efforts:
The state has been trying hard to get an IIT since the setup of IIT, Madras.

After missing out to Madras, former space scientist Prof U R Rao, who was chairing the committee during the prime ministership of H D Devegowda, had shortlisted the state name. But State missed it again.

The next opportunity came when Prof C N R Rao pitched for an IIT in the state. However, it lost the race to Andhra Pradesh.

In 2009, the Union ministry of human resources development agreed in principle to sanction an IIT for Karnataka under the 11th plan. Later, it took an about turn.

Once the state missed the IIT due to a controversy over the location where it should be set up.

A delegation headed by MLC MR Doreswamy tried for an IIT for the state in the 11th and 12th five year plans. On January 2, 2011, a delegation met M Veerappa Moily, the Union Law minister at the time, and submitted a memorandum.

Successive chief ministers have been lobbying for an IIT in Karnataka. Then chief minister B S Yeddyurappa had appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to set up an IIT in Karnataka.

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