Foundation stone for IIT Mandi, Himachal Pradesh laid


26 Feb 2009 18:34:45 IST , HT Horizons
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Foundation stone for IIT Mandi, Himachal Pradesh laid

Engineering Entrance , JEE Main

The foundation stone for IIT Mandi was laid by Shri Anand Sharma,Union Minister of State for External Affairs & Information & Broadcasting on 25th February at Kamand near Mandi in Himachal Pradesh in the presence of various dignitaries and local citizens. While laying the foundation stone of IIT at Kamand village on the banks of tributary of Beas River, Sharma said- “From this session, the IIT would start holding classes. It's a historic moment for all of us.”

He added- “The central government last year decided to increase the number of IITs in the country to 15 from the existing seven. Six (IITs) started functioning last year and this (IIT-Mandi) and IIT-Indore would start admission process from this year.” He said- “The central government had allocated Rs.Rs.1,000 crore (Rs.10 billion) for this (Mandi) IIT.”

The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Sh. Prem Kumar Dhumal, who was also present at the occasion, thanked the central government for establishing the most prestigious technical institution in the state. "The government will provide all facilities to start an IIT at a temporary location in Mandi town till necessary infrastructure has been created here," he said.

IIT would be offering seat to students in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science and engineering streams with 40 seats each in the stream.

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