New campus for IIITD&M soon

Started by dwarakesh, Oct 22, 2009, 09:47 AM

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CHENNAI: The Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITD&M), which has been functioning for two years in a make-shift place within IIT Madras, will soon get a new campus, said Information Technology Minister Poongothai Aladi Aruna.

The Minister, who visited the IIT-Madras campus on Wednesday, told The Hindu that the foundation stone for the new campus on 100 acres in Melakottaiyur village on the Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road would soon be laid in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister M. K. Stalin and Union Minister for Human Resource and Development Kapil Sibal.

The construction would take about two years from then on.

The IIITD&M offers courses in Computer Engineering, Electronics D&M and Mechanical D&M.

The institution currently has student strength of 155. There are plans to raise the strength to 1,200 within the next 10 years.

According to Dr. Ananth, there was a space crunch on the campus and a dedicated campus for the Design Institute was an urgent need.

There are three other IIITD&Ms in the country. They are in Gwalior, Allahabad and Jabalpur.