Kolkata, Dec 28 (UNI) Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, today announced a major expansion plan in its infrastructure capacity to accommodate more students and enlarge its academic programmes.
The Chairman of the Board of Governors, Sanjiv Goenka, after unveiling a cluster of foundation stones, said ''This is by far the largest and perhaps the most ambitious amongst all recent investments in education in this country.'' Altogether, Rs 400 crore would be invested in phased manner for expansion programme of the country's largest IITs.
''We are going to build 200 new classrooms in two phases, with a total capacity of 24,000 students. The estimated investment is Rs.
55.30 crore. Additionally, 200 tutorial classrooms with total seating capacity of 12000 students will be built at a cost of Rs 22.17 crore,'' Mr Goenka said, naming the new academic complex 'Nalanda'.
He unveiled the foundation stones of four laboratory complexes.
The new Chemical Sciences Laboratory Complex was dedicated to Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, the founding father of Indian Chemical Sciences. This complex would be built at a cost of Rs.9.1 crore, Mr Goenka said.
A 600-capacity hostel for girls students, to be named after Sister Nivedita, would be built at a cost of Rs 15.66 crore. Another B R Ambedkar Hall of Residence would accommodate 2000 students, while the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hall of Residence would have space for another 2000 students. The total estimated cost of these two halls would be around Rs.70 crore, he said.
Apart from these three new hostels, one more floor to existing halls would create additional capacity for 1500 students, he said adding the estimated cost would be around Rs.22 crore.