IIIT coming up in Senapati

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IMPHAL, February 21: An Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) will be established at Senapati under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model and the process for the establishment has been completed.

This was stated by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh at the inauguration of Boys’ Hostel- I of NIT in the premises of its permanent campus at Langol today.   

The Chief Minister disclosed that for the establishment of IIIT, a delegation from ministry of human resource development has visited the state and discussed about establishing it for the welfare and development of the state.

“The state government is trying its level best to sign an agreement with the ministry before the announcement of Lok Sabha election code of conduct. The government is eyeing for the development of human resources, health, communication, electricity and drinking water even though it has a financial crunch. Many states have developed the human resource development sector. Likewise,” he said, “The state government is also trying for the development of these sectors under assistance from the ministry of human resources development to construct the best equipped institutions.”

The establishment of such institutes in the state will make it imperative for improvement in connectivity. For improving connectivity, we took the initiative and upgraded the Imphal Tulihal Airport to an international airport. The railway tunnel of Jiribam- Tupul- Imphal is expected to be completed by 2017. If the tunnel, which is around 11 kms, is completed, it will be the longest in the world and four new tallest bridges in the world will be erected near Tupul, he added.

“The government will urge the tourism ministry to sanction three mega projects which includes the development of Kaina Hill, Khongjom Kheba Hill, Heingang Marjing Pony Sanctuary with an estimate of around Rs 3 crores and for the construction of rope ways at Sandra Phase I, Phase II and from Chaoba Hill to Karong with an estimate of around Rs 80 cores,” he said, adding that If once peace is restored automatically development will follow.

Speaking at the function, Education Minister Moirangthem Okendro lauded the construction process of NIT which was completed within 10 months.

The state government is really concerned about developing the information and technology sector and is always urging the centre as the development of IT sectors in the state will reduce the number of students going outside the state.

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