Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar/ New Delhi: In a good news for thousands of students across the country, the government is all set to set up six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) across the country.

As per government sources, the Centre has approved funds worth Rs 7,000 crore on October 24 for the establishment of permanent campuses of six IITs.

Campuses will be set up in Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir), Palakkad (Kerala), Dharwad (Karnataka), Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Bhilai (Chhattisgarh) and Goa. However, as of now, there is no official statement from the government on the news.

Earlier in September, the Narendra Modi-led Central government had cleared a proposal to set up the institutes.

A meeting of the Cabinet presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval for operationalisation of these IITs initially by forming of Societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in order to give them legal status till the amendment for their incorporation in the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961, the Financial Express reported.

India is currently having 16 IITs one each at New Delhi, Bombay, Chennai, Guwahati, Indore, Kanpur, Jodhpur, Gandhinagar, Roorkee, Kharagpur, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Patna, Varanasi, Mandi and Ropar.

The new IITs will have an initial intake of 180 students in its first year. It will be increased to 450 in the second year and to 928 (840 Undergraduates, 80 Postgraduates and 8 PhDs) in the third year of their operation, an official statement added.