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The state government is one step closer to setting up Indian Institute of Information and Technology (IIIT) campus in Maharashtra. The state administration has zeroed in on three sites in Pune-Chakan, Shirur and Khed for the campus, to be built on public-private partnership model, say officials from the higher and technical education department.
CM Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar have been informed about the three sites. The state government will soon take a final decision on the issue, Rajesh Tope, minister for higher and technical education said.To set up the campus, 100 acre of land is required. Those interested in building the campus were finding it difficult to get hold of such a big plot at one stretch, so the department relaxed the norms. According to the new norms, one will now need 50 acre at one stretch for setting up the campus and the rest in nearby areas for facilities like a hostel and training centre, the minister said.Several firms have shown interest in setting up the campus. The department received 15 applications through expression of interest, Tope added. The project will cost Rs. 128 crore. Of this, the Union government will contribute will be Rs. 65 crore and Rs. 40 crore will be funded by the state. The rest will have to be borne by the firm which will set up the campus, Tope said.Meanwhile, a senior official attached to the higher and technical education department said that Maharashtra might miss the opportunity for setting up the campus because of administrative delays.
Courtesy: Times of India
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