Edu Minister Pokhriyal lays IIIT Bhagalpur foundation stone; To have Data Science, AI, Robotics, EV Tech courses

New Delhi: Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal laid the foundation stone for the permanent campus of the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Bhagalpur, through a virtual meet on Monday, 21st December. According to a press communication from the Ministry of Education, the permanent campus will have an academic block, administrative block, lecture halls, computer centre & library block, workshop cum incubation centre, girl’s and boy’s hostel, and a faculty residence. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State (MoS) for Health and Family Welfare inaugurated the collection of Hindi books written by eminent litterateurs including the books written by himself. Also present on the occasion were Ashok Chaudhary, Minister, Education and Science & Technology, Government of Bihar; Ajay Mandal, Member of Parliament, Bhagalpur; Amit Khare, Secretary, Education Ministry; and Arvind Choubey, Director, IIIT-Bhagalpur.

Speaking on the occasion, Education Minister Pokhriyal said that the Institute is setting new standards in providing quality education at par with the top institutions in the country. He praised the Institute’s initiative of adopting nearby villages for providing technical knowledge. The Minister expressed happiness at learning that IIIT-Bhagalpur was working during the lockdown period, adding that the Institute is also engaged in research work which can help in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that in a short span of time the Institute has done tremendous work in the area of technology and has taken up initiatives for social issues. The Education Minister remarked that the Institute can extend help to the silk industry by providing technical inputs and support for manufacturing the high-quality silk clothes and exporting the silk of Bhagalpur under Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.

The Education Ministry stated that Ashwini ChoubeyMoS of Health & Family Welfare, said IIIT-Bhagalpur can work on the advancement of silk technology. He commended the institute for doing tremendous work for the silk industry.

IIIT-Bhagalpur Director Arvind Choubey spoke about the proposed building architecture, vision, and mission of the Institute. He spoke about the initiatives taken by the Institute during Covid-19. He further said that after the construction of the permanent campus of IIIT-Bhagalpur, it can provide high-quality education to approximately 600 students from across the country. The Institute will start new programs in emerging areas such as Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Electric Vehicle Technology, and Information & Communication Technology. With these initiatives, the Institute will create highly skilled engineers to cater to the need of country and industry, he added.

Ashok Chaudhary, Minister, Education and Science & Technology, Government of Bihar, said that the IIIT-Bhagalpur is running under a public-private partnership model and within a short span of time this Institute has performed very well. He further said that Bihar will benefit from the initiatives taken by the Institute.

According to the Education Ministry, the MoU has been signed between IIIT-Bhagalpur and CPWD for construction of all the buildings of IIIT-Bhagalpur. The total area of construction will be 25,000 sq. m. with a cost of approximately Rs. 122 crores. In view of the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020, each class in this building will have digital facilities, and the lecture hall has a capacity of 250. A workshop cum incubation centre will also be constructed for innovation and start-up promotion. All the buildings mentioned will be fully furnished with furniture and equipment. There will be the provision of facilities like canteens, parking, LED fixtures, solar photovoltaic power generation systems, and high capacity open-air theatre along with automatic weather station surrounding the computer centre cum library which will be a signature building of IIIT-Bhagalpur, stated the Ministry.


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