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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

6 years on, Goa still ‘considering’ IIIT while other states have leaped ahead

Panaji: It has taken Goa six years to 'consider' the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry's proposal to set up an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in the state.
Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said in May this year that the state is looking to establish the IIIT at the proposed electronic city in Tuem, Pernem. But, the proposal for the IIIT has been pending with Goa since 2010.

It was in that year that the Union HRD ministry had proposed setting up of the IIIT in 20 states on the public-private partnership (PPP) model. While Goa is still speaking of 'considering' setting up the IIIT, the institute has long become operational in many other states where the institute was proposed to be set up, along with Goa, six years ago.
The Central govenrment institute has become functional in Assam, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana, which had received the HRD proposal the same year as Goa did.
"When it comes to Goa, there is a question of land. Already we have given land to NIT and IIT. We do not have a land bank. I am not moving fast over the IIIT proposal. Some land is available at the Electronic City at Tuem. If possible, we can provide some land over there. But we are more interested in getting units in Tuem to create more jobs," Parsekar told TOI.
As per the Central government's proposal to get the IIIT, Goa will not only have to provide 50 to 100 acres of land free of cost for the project, but also funds to develop a campus for the institute. The capital cost of the IIIT will be 128 crore, to be contributed in the ratio of 50:35:15 by the Central government, the state government and an industry partner.
The institute will be set up on the PPP model and the industry partner for it will also have to be identified by the state. Goa's proposal to the Central government will have to include how much the industry partner is willing to contribute to the IIIT. All of these procedures are yet to be carried out.

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