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The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras may soon have another campus in the city. The institute is scouting for suitable land to expand beyond its Adyar campus, the newly-appointed director of the institute, Bhaskar Ramamurthi, said on Wednesday. He was speaking to reporters after the inauguration ceremony of Shaastra 2011, the annual inter-collegiate technical festival of the institute.
We are growing both academically and as far as the student strength is concerned. There is scope for new infrastructure to accommodate more people, Ramamurthi said. In an expansion mode, the institute is planning to accommodate nearly 3,000 more students in the next five years. Currently, the campus has strength of 5,500. The new campus will not be a twin to the current one and may be used for special industry-based initiatives. It will be equipped with special infrastructure to handle larger projects, he said. Plans are also in place to rebuild on the current campus to accommodate more students. We are planning to reconstruct some of the old buildings while maintaining the character of the campus, Ramamurthi said. The institute is also planning an additional building in the IIT-M Research Parkin Taramani. We are also looking at more industry based collaborations and we want to make substantial contributions in terms of technologies and products, said the director. He also spoke of the importance of nurturing connections with students from other colleges to work on new innovations. Shaastra 2011 will come to an end on October 2. The highlight of the event is likely to be the Aero fest, the air show which will see participation from international radio-controlled plane flyers for the first time.
Courtesy: Times of India
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