Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister M. M. Pallam Raju on Sunday laid the foundation stone of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) here, and expressed the hope that the institute would help uplift the state's economy and enhance its human development index.
Hinting about the possible restructuring of NITs to ensure that they play an even greater role in national development and become world-class institutions not only in engineering, but also in manpower development with technologies through research and innovation, Raju said these institutions have so far made an excellent contribution to national development over the past five decades.
"I pay tribute to the commitment of the people of Arunachal Pradesh for donating the required land for the NIT," said Raju.
Describing the NIT as a dream come true for the state, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, in his presidential address, highlighted the region's poor education scenario, which currently ranks 32 in the country's literacy index.
"Availability of manpower, technical inputs and resources are limited. The growth and expansion of the education sector has been facing problems, and therefore, output is also not up to expectations," said Tuki.
He placed a number of demands, including a one-time grant for providing residential accommodation to all teachers working in interior areas, opening at least one medical college and few more degree and engineering colleges to overcome the problem of students going outside for their studies because of social discrimination.
The state's Member of Parliament, Takam Sanjoy, termed the NIT as a gift from the UPA Government to the people of Arunachal Pradesh, and hoped that with such institutions, the region would soon catch up with the rest of India.
Planning Parliamentary Secretary and Arunachal MLA Nabam Rebia sought the protection of the interests of locals by ensuring their recruitment in Grade C and D jobs and in allotment of adequate works to win their confidence.
The NIT, since its establishment in July 2010, has admitted 270 young bright students in three courses, while the Ph.D programme in Computer Science and Engineering was introduced last year.
A proposal for the introduction of B.Tech in civil engineering, B.Tech in mechanical engineering, M.Tech in mobile communication and computing is under consideration for the 2013-14 academic session. (ANI)