TNN, Jan 3, 2011, 01.43am IST
BANGALORE: It may not be easy and it may not happen, but as things stand, Bangalore University vice-chancellor N Prabhu Dev and Union law minister M Veerappa Moily are hoping that an IIT would come to Karnataka, and come in the form of the University of Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) getting the IIT tag.
Dev and Moily have been reiterating this aspiration of the people for quite some time now, but if the Union HRD ministry's noises are any indication, the IIT dream may not happen in the immediate future. But Moily and Dev are determined and are planning to meet the Prime Minister to make the dream come true.
First step towards IIT tag
In what appears to be the first inkling of the IIT aspiration, Dev said the UVCE campus at KR Circle would be converted into the Visvesvaraya museum if UVCE gets the IIT tag.
Dev on Sunday said: "Once UVCE gets the IIT tag, the campus in KR Circle would be shifted to Jnanabharathi campus. Then, the present campus would be converted into a museum. There will be a digital library also."
He added that it would require at least Rs 25 crore to upgrade the present infrastructure by 2012. "If we get the IIT tag for UVCE, we will be able to set up the main campus on 1,000 acres in Muddenahalli, and the city campus would be shifted to Jnanabharathi campus," he said.
Muddenahalli would be the knowledge city and innovative campus, which would host both the IIT campus and nano tech park.
Union law minister Veerappa Moily said he would take the vice-chancellor and the committee comprising former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India M R Srinivasan to the Prime Minister to discuss the issue of the IIT tag to UVCE. "We will talk to the Prime Minister to make UVCE an autonomous body," he said.
"It is unfortunate that UVCE has still not become autonomous. The college should not become obsolete but march towards the mainstream of innovation," he added.
The UVCE Vision Document prepared by Bangalore University states that the main issues and challenges faced are autonomy without accountability, lack of leadership, inadequate infrastructure and absence of congenial academic environment.
"The present practice of total autonomy granted to all the departments of engineering without accountability, has built walls of separation between the departments, and trans-departmental academic growth has received a setback," said the document.
The UVCE vision is to develop as a centre of excellence in engineering and technology, impart quality education to the youth and conduct frontline research to meet the developmental needs of the state.
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