The Centre has released and allocated Rs 165.14 crore in the last three years for completing the construction of the permanent campus of NIT Meghalaya in Sohra.
“Construction of the permanent campus of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Meghalaya will be completed soon,” informed union human resources minister Ramesh Pokhriyal at Lok Sabha on Monday.
He answered a question from Vincent H Pala, Shillong Lok Sabha MP.
NIT Meghalaya was set up in 2010 and began operating from its Laitumkhrah temporary campus in 2012.
At Sohra, 53 km from Shillong, the permanent campus of NIT is currently under construction.
The Center had previously allocated a total of Rs 800 crore for the Meghalaya NIT project.
NIT Meghalaya is one of the 31 NITs in the country set up as institutes of national importance under the NIT Act 2007 (Amended 2012), funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The Union minister said that funds allocated during the last three financial years were Rs 70 crore in 2017-18, Rs 48.78 crore in 2018-19 and Rs 46.36 crore in 2019-20 (total Rs 165.14 crore in three years).
To Pala’s query, “if the Centre has any specific plans to improve the condition of NIT Meghalaya”, Pokhriyal said, “Meghalaya government has provided land at Sohra for the establishing NIT’s permanent campus.”
“Construction of the institute is going on and in various stages, the construction work has even been completed,” Pokhriyal added.
“The ministry of human resources development has from time to time releases grants to NIT Meghalaya to meet their expenditure,” Pokhriyal said.
“The ministry has also sanctioned the requisite number of faculty and non-faculty positions to the institute for its smooth functioning,” Pokhriyal said.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-12-03 12:43 PM