The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Jammu may have to take another building on rent for the next batch as the present campus does not have the capacity to accommodate more students and the transit campus is likely to miss the completion deadline in July this year.
The IIT-Jammu was inaugurated on August 6, 2016, by Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar in a rented building at Palaura in Jammu. Around the same time, land was procured for the transit campus at Jagti-Nagrota on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
A total of 90 students were enrolled in the IIT-Jammu last year and about 90 students are expected to get admission in July this year, but the present campus has the maximum capacity for 90 students. In case the transit campus does not get completed by July, the institute will have to get another building on rent.
The transit campus will come up in about 25 acres and will have a capacity for 400 students, including hostel and classrooms.
In the last five months, only levelling work of the land has been done at Nagrota, where the transit campus will come up. Now, the construction company has started laying the foundation of the building.
“It is not possible to complete the transit campus of the IIT-Jammu by July this year as many things need to be done before shifting the students to the transit campus. It cannot be done in a haphazard manner,” a source said.
Meanwhile, the campus administrators have already asked the construction company to complete the work by July this year.
“We are committed to starting the classes at Nagrota in July and the work is being done at lightning speed,” said DK Pandya, Director in charge, IIT-Jammu.
At present, the IIT-Jammu offers only three streams —- computer science, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.
The IIT-Delhi is the mentor Institute for the IIT-Jammu and all faculty and staff members are drawn from the IIT-Delhi.