Govt committee suggests IIMs in 10 acres of land, IIT in 260 acres1 min read . Updated: 25 Mar 2015, 10:06 PM IST
The govt appointed committee has suggested cutting down the land requirement by upto 95%
New Delhi: In order to overcome land constraints for top educational institutes, a government appointed committee has suggested cutting down the land requirement by upto 95%.
If implemented, an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) can be set up in less than 10 acres of land in urban areas and between 50 and 60 acres in non-urban areas. Currently, the government needs to acquire around 200 acres for establishing an IIM.
Similarly, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), and central university can be opened in 260 acres, 150 acres and 250 acres each, the committee suggested.
Land requirements range from around 100 acres for Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), 200 acres for IIMs and IISERs (Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research), 300 acres for NITs and 500 acres for IITs and central universities
The committee, which is led by higher education secretary S.N. Mohanty and comprises experts, has urged the human resource development (HRD) ministry to formally notify it so that vertical growth can happen instead of horizontal sprawls, and reduce cost and land acquisition hassles.
The HRD ministry had set up the committee six month ago to suggest ways for rationalizing land demand of top educational institutes.
There is also a view that existing institutions do not have enough students to justify their large campuses. For example, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi has a 1,000-acre campus but only caters to around 7,300 students. Similarly, University of Hyderabad has around 5,000 students on its 2,000-acre campus, Mint had reported in 21 October 2014.
Authorities believe the majority of the 43 central universities, except a few like Delhi University, are functioning with a disproportionately low number of students relative to the campus area. India has over 650 universities and over 35,000 colleges, and wants to add several more to increase the higher education gross enrolment ratio (GER) from around 19% to 30% over the next six years.
The recommendations of the committee assume significance as the central government has announced a slew new higher educational institutions even as nearly 40 other institutions including IITs, IIMs and central universities announced in the last seven years are yet to shift to their permanent campuses.
The delay is attributed to difficulty in land acquisition for such institutions. Such delays have resulted in nearly 100% cost escalation.