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New Delhi/Bhagalpur : Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on December 21, 2020, laid  foundation of permanent campus of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Bhagalpur through virtual/online mode.

The permanent campus will have Academic block, Administrative block, Lecture halls, Computer centre & Library block, workshop cum incubation centre, Girl’s and Boy’s Hostel, faculty residence, etc. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, inaugurated the collection of Hindi books written by eminent litterateur including the books written by himself.

Ashok Chaudhary, Minister, Education and Science & Technology, Government of Bihar; Ajay Mandal, Member of Parliament, Bhagalpur; Amit Khare, Secretary,MoE, and Prof. Arvind Choubey, Director, IIIT Bhagalpur, were also present on the occasion.

An MoU has been signed between IIIT Bhagalpur and CPWD for construction of all the above mentioned buildings of IIIT Bhagalpur. The total area of construction will be 25,000 metre square with a cost of Rs 122 crore approximately. In view of new education policy-2020, each class in this building will have digital facilities. A lecture hall having capacity of 250 will be constructed. There will be provision of facilities like canteen, parking, LED fixtures, solar photo voltaic power generation systems, and high capacity open air theatre along with Automatic Weather Station surrounding in computer centre cum library which will be signature building of IIIT Bhagalpur.

Speaking on the occasion, Pokhriyal said that the institute is setting new standards in providing quality education at par with the top institutions in the country.He praised institute’s initiative of adopting 4-5 nearby villages for providing technical knowledge. He was happy to learn that IIIT Bhagalpur was continuously working during the lockdown period.  The institute is also engaged in research work which can help in combating COVID-19 outbreak, he added.

Pokhriyal said that the institute can extend help to the silk industry by providing technical inputs and support for manufacturing the high quality silk clothes and exporting the silk of Bhagalpur under Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, according to a PIB release.

Ashwani ChoubeyMoS for Health and Family Welfare, said that IIIT Bhagalpur can work on improving the advancement in the silk technology. He commended the Institute for doing a tremendous work for the silk industry.

Prof. Arvind Choubey spoke about the proposed building architecture, vision and mission of the Institute.He further briefed about the initiatives taken by the Institute during COVID-19. He said that after the construction of permanent campus of IIIT Bhagalpur, it can provide high quality education to approximately 600 students from across the country. The institute will start new programmes in the emerging areas such as Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Electric Vehicle Technology, and Information& Communication Technology,  he added.

Ashok Chaudhary, Minister, Education and Science & Technology, Government of Bihar, said that the IIIT Bhagalpur is running under public-private partnership mode and within short span of time it has performed very well.