IIT Ropar established at Rupnagar
Indian Institutes of Technology or as we commonly know them, the IITs are the most respected and well known educational institutions in our country. Not only have the students of IITs been instrumental in the development of India with strong leadership and innovation, but they have also left their mark on the International community, representing Indian talent. The Punjab government has always maintained a keen focus on the progress and development of education in the state. It was therefore naturally one of the top agendas of the government of Punjab to pool every resource necessary for the successful implementation of an IIT on Punjab soil.
In 2008, the Government of India cleared the proposal to allow for the formation of eight new IITs all over India under ‘The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2011’. The Punjab government rallied for the cause of an IIT in Punjab citing strong need for reforms in various sectors through a focused path for the development of new technologies to propel the state towards progress. The establishment of IIT Ropar has the expectation of revitalising old industrial technologies by sharing knowledge and introduction of new technologies which the government realises is the need of the hour.
IIT Ropar is currently operating from a transit campus located at former Women’s Polytechnic College, where under the guidance and mentorship of IIT Delhi the infrastructure has been renovated to suit the academic needs of the IIT students. The labs have been equipped with latest instruments, the classes have been revamped and access to all the latest technologies as demanded by the curriculum has been made available to the students. The Punjab government has left no stone unturned to provide assistance to the development of IIT Ropar, whether it be the comfort of students or the actualisation of the permanent campus which is underway.
This commitment of Punjab government towards IIT Ropar is evident by the allotment of 501 acres of land at Birla Seed Farms, Rupnagar for the establishment of a permanent campus. The foundation stone for the permanent campus was laid by former Union HRD Minister Mr. Arjun Singh on 24 February, 2009.
The 2008-2009 session classes of IIT Ropar were held at IIT Delhi. The Punjab government on priority completed the transit campus, which has been specially designed by IIT Delhi, to provide a stable and stimulating environment to the students. Rupnagar has been chosen to house the IIT due to its vast landscape, strategic location next to the tri-city, road connection via NH-21, Delhi-Ambala-Una railway line and airport access through Chandigarh.
IIT fosters world class education facilities to provide technical knowledge and skills pertaining to science and engineering streams, with ample opportunity and encouragement for the pupils to pursue independent research and studies. The government of Punjab lauds such initiatives by talented youth will benefit Punjab as well as the nation, and thus stands to offer all support to help IIT prosper.