Mr. Basavraj Bommai, the chief minister of Karnataka in his maiden budget expressed that the government will upgrade 7 engineering colleges in the state equal to that of IITs, for that purpose, he allocated Rs 710 crores. In a bid to implement the budgetary proposal, the government has formed a task force to transform 7 government engineering colleges into Karnataka Institutes of Technology (KITs). After implementation, the 7 colleges will provide educational standards similar to those offered at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) therefore, the state is set to boost its higher education system. It will help produce a skilled pool of human resources within the state.
The IITs are considered India’s excellent and most prestigious educational institutions for technical education. They are autonomous institutes offering various UG and PG courses in various technical fields. Currently, there are 23 IITs in India governed by the Institute of Technology Act, 1961. Total IITs seats in India are more than 16000 for undergraduate programs. According to NIRF Ranking 2021, 8 IITs could get top rankings. The candidates have qualified JEE Advanced to be conducted by NTA for admission to B.Tech course in the institutes.
The task force has been constituted by the government and consists of experts in technical education. They have been instructed to prepare a detailed project report within two months on how the seven engineering institutions can be transformed into KITs. The team includes:
- Prof. S Sadagopan, Founder-Director, International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Bangalore, is the chairman.
- LS Ganesh, Chairman of the Vision Group for Higher Education Research;
- C Rajendra of the International Institute of Management and Technical Studies; IIIT-Bangalore,
- Prof. Ramagopal Rao; IIT-Kanpur
- Manindra Agarwal; Deputy Director
- Prof. Y Narahari of Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore; and
- Prof.Chakrabarty IIT-Kharagpur
The task force will decide the requirement of each college in terms of infrastructure, hostels, and faculty based on the model followed in IITs. It will select two departments from 7 government engineering institutions based on placement and will provide ideas and proposals regarding the effective up gradation to IIT-like institutes. Further, the team suggests the adoption of modular systems for undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the proposed KITs.
Benefits: The following are the benefits of IITs. The Government of Karnataka intends to channelize those benefits to the students in the state on the accomplishment of the project.
- Best resources and opportunities for students
- Best quality of education and highest placement
- The financial help like scholarships
- Best teaching by the best professors
- Brilliant researchers give opportunities to young students to excel in many different fields.
- An opportunity to meet and study with brilliant minds
- Internships in some of the best industries around the globe
- Mentors and Alumni Support
- Better Packages ranging from Rs 25 lakhs to Rs 1 crore per annum
- Good Network of people
- Less study load on the students
- Respect in society for the graduates in the IITs
- State of the art Infrastructure and facilities