By Oken Jeet Sandham
KOHIMA, Nov 5 (NEPS): National Institute of Technology (NIT) given to Nagaland through an enactment of Parliament and which was attached to its NIT Silchar, Assam, will now be shifted to Nagaland. Classes in its temporary campus at Chumukedima (Chumu campus) will be started from January next year. And the State Government has also already acquired 300 acres of land in Niuland area for a permanent campus.
This was disclosed while a team of NIT led by its Director Prof NV Deshpande called on Urban Development Minister Dr Shurhozelie this morning at his residence. For the permanent campus in Niuland, the team explained the Minister that they need to have proper connectivity from the main road to the site which is nearly 3 kms, proper demarcation with fencing and security arrangement etc.
After patiently hearing the points put up by the team, the Minister said all the necessary works like realignment of road and proper demarcation with fencing of the acquired site would be taken care of by the Government. He further asked Mr M Nakhro, Deputy Director, of the Government of Nagaland, to start processing to get Engineers for the road construction and also contact Dimapur DC for the proper demarcation as well. He also told the team that security would not be a problem. All these would be taken care of, he said.
It may be mentioned that the “temporary campus” for the NIT, Nagaland would use the building which was earlier constructed for DC’s office at Chumukedima. And once the Nagaland NIT gets shifted to Nagaland from the NIT, Silchar, they would have its own Directorate with faculty members and other supporting staffs as well.
Dr Shurhozelie disclosed that when the NIT was given to them, it was without proper accommodation and thus its unit started functioning from NIT, Silchar. 1st and 2nd batches of Nagaland students are already there in NIT, Silchar.
Dr Shurhozelie also said this NIT was University-level Technical University and once its temporary campus at Chumukedima gets ready, all the students from Nagaland currently at NIT, Silchar, would be shifted to Nagaland.
The Minister also expressed his happiness to see that one Mr Nzanthung Ngullie, from Nagaland, was part of the faculty of the Nagaland NIT. He further assured the NIT team for all necessary works like road construction to the site with black toping, demarcation with proper fencing and security arrangement from the State Government side at the earliest. He also told them to complete the shifting of Nagaland NIT from Silchar and start developing the entire necessary infrastructure at the new site at Niuland at the earliest.
The NIT Team led by Director NV Deshpande comprises Dr AK Barbhuiya, Faculty, NIT Silchar, Mr Nzamthung Ngullie, Faculty, NIT Nagaland, Mr M Nakhro, Deputy Director, Government of Nagaland and lady wife of the NIT Director.
The team also expressed their gratitude to the Minister for the latter’s assurance of providing all the necessary road connectivity, demarcation with proper fencing in the newly acquired site in Niuland.