NIT finally gets land at Cuncolim

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Seven years after setting up, 4.56 lakh sq mtrs of land handed over for institute; Construction to be completed in three years

PANJIM: After a seven-year-long wait, Goa government on Saturday finally handed over land measuring 4,56,767 square metres at Cuncolim to the National Institute of Technology (NIT) to set up a state-of-the-art permanent campus which will be completed within the next three years.
The certificate of transfer of land was handed over to NIT Director, Professor Udaykumar R Yaragatti, and Director Designate NIT, Goa Prof Gopal Mugeraya, by the Secretary for Education, Dr Ranbir Singh, for setting up a permanent campus.
In 2009, Goa government had approved setting up of a NIT in the State, and make available land free-of-cost to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for the project.
Addressing the gathering, outgoing NIT Director Yaragatti said, “We have 31 NITs in India with each State having its own. The NIT in Goa will finally have its own permanent building. Goa will have 40 percent seats reserved and 10 percent will be reserved for union territories which will become 50 percent, and I am sure this will become a world class centre for learning.”
He further said that the most tedious process while setting up NIT Goa was convincing people in Cuncolim that an NIT is not a polluting industry but is an institute for enlightening students.
New NIT Goa Director, Mugeraya said, “I will be taking over as the new director of NIT today, it is a choice which I have made and I was not forced into. I want to make this NIT different and one of the best institutions. Currently, there are only 140 students who are admitted and in three years we hope that it becomes 700 students so that at least 400 students from Goa can have the benefits of this campus.”
Singh stated the construction of the NIT will be a prestigious and desirable moment for Goa. The future generation will have easy access to knowledge. “I really hope that NIT grows very fast and we altogether should try to withstand all the problems and make this institution world class,” he said.
As per the old format, States and Union Territories, where the NIT is located get a home state quota for its students. Goa, until now, shared the reservation of 50% seats at the Goa NIT along with Dadra Nagar Haveli, Diu and Daman and Lakshadweep, which was not agreeable to the State government as it has acquired 4.50 lakh sq ms of land at Cuncolim spending an estimated Rs 30 crore for the NIT Goa to set up its permanent campus.
MHRD finally agreed to give 40 percent exclusive reservation for Goans from the current academic year 2017-18.

This article was first published by Herald on 16th July 2017