Wednesday, April 25, 2007

20 new IITs!

Oops! Sorry, it's the IIITs (Indian Institutes of Information Technology) and not the IITs. Rediff's report (taken from PTI) really screwed it up! The Press Information Bureau's release clearly states that "Proposals have been submitted to the Planning Commission for starting 20 new IIITs so as to cover each major State."

Thanks to Chitta and Yogesh for pointing out the error in Rediff's report.

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Here's the original post:

There are more goodies: an IIM (Shillong), an IIIT (Kanchipuram), two IISERS (Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram), and two schools of planning and architecture (Vijayawada and Bhopal).

The report goes on to say four new Central Universities were created last year. Does anyone know where they are located?


  1. Anonymous said...

    This is either supremely funny or really great news. Because there are only two ways to get faculty to run these new institutions: get subpar faculty or to create vastly better conditions to recruit creative scientists and engineers.

  2. anandi said...

    I think this can be called as a 'necessary evil' much like friction. With booming economy and gradual impetus to research, it is the need of the hour to develop more institutes at par with IITs. It's a nice initiative, but every good step has its pros and cons. I think good faculty and infrastucture would be a major problem to face.

  3. chitta said...

    I think the reporter made a mistake. The PIB about the annual report
    talks about 20 IIITs not IITs.

  4. Anonymous said...

    one of the four central universities is CIEFL. it was earlier an autonomous body under the Osmania UNiversity, now it has been converted into a central University, much to the displeasure of a section of its staff. My aunt who is a prof there is unhappy with this new status saying that it will cut into their autonomy and just increase red tape

  5. Yogesh K. Upadhyaya said...


    There was error in the article, and there should be 20 IIITs (NOT IITs). I have posted my reply on article and also written to Editor. My reply posted on is as follows:
    Hi all:

    A confusion has been created by the incorrect heading and discussion in the article. It should be 20 IIITs (Indian Institute of Information Technology) and NOT IITs. Please see the link:


    Yogesh K. Upadhyaya

    I hope people verify the fact before posting it.

    Yogesh K. Upadhyaya