Yeddyurappa bats for an IIT in Karnataka

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New Delhi, Oct 14 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has urged the Prime Minister to positively consider the state's request for setting up an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the state during the 11th five year plan.

In a letter addressed to Dr Manmohan Singh, Mr Yeddyurappa said the state had numerous Research and Development Institutions of international repute and over 100 global companies were operating in hi-tech areas and it was only proper that their human resources requirement is sourced from the state itself.

The Centre, he said had sanctioned some new IITs but it was suprising that Karnataka's genuine needs were bypassed in the 2008-09 sanctions. Karnataka, the Chief Minister said, had announced several measures to harness knowledge power built up over the decades. It is only proper that an IIT is established in the state and the latter would provide all cooperation to make the project a reality, the Chief Minister said.

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