Maharashtra Government to set up NLS & IIIT in Nagpur

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Maharashtra Government to set up NLS & IIIT in Nagpur

NLS & IIIT in Nagpur a Step Closer to Realization :

City’s dream of Nagpur of having National Law School ( NLS ) and Indian Institute of Information and Technology ( IIIT ) will get a push during forthcoming winter session of Maharashtra legislature in December, 2013. State minister for higher and technical education Rajesh Tope declared the government would be tabling proposals to set up the two institutions during the session.

“Both proposals are in final stages and we have already started groundwork. In fact, we asked the Nagpur collector to look out for suitable land and a couple of proposals have been received,” the minister told TOI.

The cabinet has already cleared NLS for Mumbai and Aurangabad while Nagpur IIIT would be first one in Maharashtra, which has only three centrally – sponsored institutions in form of IIT in Mumbai, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University ( MGIHU ) in Wardha, and Indian Institute of Mass Communication ( IIMC ) in Amravati.

The minister informed that chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had signed the document for Nagpur NLS for discussing it in the cabinet meeting to be held on 26th September, 2013. After getting cabinet nod, it would be tabled in the assembly for discussion. Joint director for higher education Dilip Patil also informed that he had asked the collector to look for the suitable pand of at least 100 Acres in or around the city.

Tope added IT major Tata Consultancy Services ( TCS ) had agreed to be the third partner along with the centre and statein the IIIT. The centre would be providing ₹ 100 crore, state ₹ 35 crore while ₹ 20 crore would be pumped in by TCS for setting up the institution.

“After getting clearance from assembly and council, the proposals for both institutions would be dispatched to Union HRD ministry. We also plan to start all three law schools by 2014 and a new bill would be introduced to govern them, although those will run as per Central government’s norms that make it mandatory to have a director and a Board of Governors,” Tope asserted.

TOI is tracking the NLS issue and reported how uncertainty was created following demands from three cities – Mumbai, Aurangabad and Nagpur – to establish the schools. It was followed by CM Chavan’s and deputy CM Ajit Pawar’s promises to open three NLS in state. India has 14 such law schools with only one in every state.

TOI had also reported about HRD ministry’s decision to set up IIIT taken during the 11th Five Year Plan ( 2007 – 2012 ) to address the challenges faced by the Indian IT industry and growth of the domestic IT market. It contemplated setting up 20 IIITs on the Private Public Partnership ( PPP ) in the country where the central and state along with the industry will be stakeholders.

Currently, Allahabad, Gwalior, Jabalpur, and Kancheepuram are having Centre – sponsored IIITs while three others in Hyderabad, Kerala and Bangalore are sponsored by the respective states on PPP models. Even National Association of Software and Services Companies ( NASSCOM ) recommended of setting up such an institution in the state.

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