Jamshedpur: Infrastructure facilities of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jamshedpur, received a boost with Chief Minister Raghubar Das laying the foundation stone of Rs 140 crore lecture hall complex at the Adityapur-based campus of the institute on Thursday afternoon.
Das on his maiden visit to the tech cradle said, “I am honoured to be here. NIT is a source of pride for Jharkhand. I thank the administration of the technical institute for taking initiatives for developing world class infrastructure.”
The CM also wished that NIT Jamshedpur finds place among top 25 technical institutes of the country and that the institute should strive to achieve it in the coming years.
Das went on to observe that for a developed country and for that matter a developed state having good institutions is a must. “Institutions like NIT can help develop the state. We are a developing state and days are not far away when Jharkhand will become a developed state. The state should have outstanding institutions for nurturing talents. We take pride in the fact that Jharkhand has several such good institutions like the XLRI, IIM, NIT and ISM,” he said in his brief speech.
The proposed lecture hall complex which will be a four-storied fully-air conditioned building will house 36 smart classrooms with each classroom having a seating capacity of 120 students and 120 new faculty chambers. The project assigned to a Bokaro-based infrastructure development firm, Kamla Aditya Constructions, is expected to be completed by December this year.
NIT spokesperson Deepak Chourasia, who was also present at the function said that Rs 68 crore would be spent for civil construction work while the rest Rs 72 crore would be utilized for installation of centralized AC and other electrical works.
Notably, NIT (formerly called Regional Institute of Technology) is one of the eight regional engineering institutes (RITs) established in the country in the year 1960. The Institute was fully taken over by the Central Government on 1st April, 2003 and renamed National Institute of Technology.