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Karnataka, 8th September, 2015, Tuesday: Celebrations are on in the twin city of Hubballi-Dharwad as the Centre approved the establishment of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) near Mummigatti on the outskirts of Dharwad. Ending the suspense on Tuesday over the location of the new Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Karnataka, the Centre has decided to set up the premier institute at Dharwad.

With competition from IIT Madras, Hyderabad and the new one at Palakkad, Karnataka was the only south Indian State that did not have an IIT of its own. Dharwad Deputy Commissioner P. Rajendra Cholan said the district administration had suggested setting up the transit campus on the Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI) premises. The quarters of WALMI, which is not being used, could be repaired and converted into staff and student accommodation till the new full-fledged campus is ready, Mr. Cholan added

However, it may take anywhere between five to seven years to have a full-fledged IIT campus at Dharwad. Classes at the new Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Dharwad could begin as early as the next academic year, although at a transit campus. Ready availability of infrastructure for such a campus is being cited as one of the reasons which tipped the scales in favour of Dharwad over cities such as Bengaluru, Mysuru and Raichur.

On Tuesday, human resources development minister Smriti Irani gave the go-ahead. “We received an official communication from the ministry that Dharwad has been chosen over Raichur and Mysuru,” said BJP MLA Aravind Bellad, who was leading a campaign for IIT in Hubballi-Dharwad.

The setting up of an IIT in Dharwad would enhance job opportunities and also infrastructure growth. The capital city Bengaluru is already a host to Indian Institute of Management Sciences and also an IISC. Karnataka has been making a demand for an IIT to be set up in the state for almost as long as over three decades.

(Source: Excerpts from TOI)

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