Bangalore:Centre has decided to set up three Indian Institutes of Technology and two Indian Institutes of Science, C.N.R. Rao, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, said on 18 August.
The new IISc would come up in Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal, while three new IITs have been allotted to Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, Rao, a former Director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, said.
He said the new IIScs at Pune, Kolkata and Chandigarh have started functioning and students have already been admitted.
The new IIScs would not be affiliated to the nearly century-old IISc Bangalore and would operate independently, he said, adding each IISc has a budget of Rs500 crore.
Earlier, addressing the golden jubilee seminar on “Fostering Scinetific Temper: Popular Science Writing in India” organised by the National Book Trust, Rao called for establishing a dedicated science and education channel in India that reaches out to the masses.
Such a channel would reach the rural mass and help science achieve a level where it’s “admired and appreciated”, he said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is sympathetic to the idea, Rao said, and indicated that a formal proposal is likely to be submitted to the Union Human Resources Development Ministry.
Rao, also the head of city-based Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research and has authored more than 40 books, criticised sections of the industry, particularly the IT sector, for advocating the government to stay away of the education sector, leaving the field for private players.
“Government has a major responsibility for education and should continue to support education,” he said.