NIT permanent campus proposed at Khamdong: HRD Minister

Gangtok, 20 Sept:

Minister Human Resource Development Department, RB Subba today said that the Department has identified a site at Khamdong in East Sikkim for setting up permanent campus of National Institute of Technology [Sikkim]. Accordingly, a letter to Additional Secretary, Ministry of HRD, Government of India has already been sent to depute Empowered Committee of MHRD for the finalization of theproposed site without further delay.

Mr Subba said this while replying to questions raised by MLA, RN Chamling during the concluding day of the two-day State Legislative Assembly session.

He also informed that an area of 30 acres of land is already in possession of HRDD and an additional 40 acres of land adjacent to the proposed site has been acquired which makes it upto 70 acres. The site has also been visited by Director, NIT, who has expressed satisfaction on the suitability of proposed alternative site.

Earlier, he mentioned that initially the establishment of National Institute of Technology (NIT) required 300 acres of contiguous land. The land offered by the State Government was not approved by the Empowered Committee of MHRD, Government of India. Alternatively the land at Ravangla, South Sikkim was offered for NIT, Sikkim which was again declined for various reasons. In the meanwhile, a high level delegation represented Sikkim on 29 August 2018 at New Delhi with Minister, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India regarding consideration of alternative site for NIT, Sikkim. Union Minister also committed to give a model degree college under RUSA for Ravangla. Since the requirement of land is huge it was difficult for the State Government to acquire the land due to financial constraints.

It may be recalled that NIT students have been demanding a permanent campus and had gone on a hunger strike earlier this month which was called off on 09 Sept after the intervention of Additional Chief Secretary, HRDD.