K'taka to set up Institute of Advanced Technology

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Bangalore, Oct 13 (UNI) Karnataka Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavali today said the state government was planning to set up Visveshvaraiah Institute of Advanced Technology (VIAT) on the lines of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chikkaballapur district.

Mr Limbavali told newspersons here that the institute would come up on 200 acres of land at Muddehanalli, the birth place of Bharat Ratna Visvesvaraiah.

He said he would place the details of the project before the next Cabinet meeting for its approval.

To a question the Minister said he would lead a delegation on November 9 to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for sanctioning an IIT for the state.

The Higher Education Department has also planned to centralise the admission process for colleges in the city following an appeal from students, he said.

An expert committee would be set up to work on the modalities for the admission process to be taken up on a pilot basis, he added.

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