TIRUCHY: THE first phase of the new 175-acre campus of the Indian Institute of Management Tiruchy (IIM-T), was officially inaugurated by Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar through video conferencing here on Monday.
During the function, Javadekar lauded the government’s commitment towards quality education. He also urged the IIMs to act independently as total autonomous power has been granted to them.
“The IIM bill will be passed in the Parliament session and all the courses offered here will be world-class degrees. The campus has also been sanctioned `772 crore, which is a revised estimate,” he elaborated.
IIM-T is the eleventh IIM established by the Government of India under the Ministry of HRD. The institute, which began in June 2011, currently functions from a temporary campus inside the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchy (NIT-T) Campus, Tiruchy. The idea to set up its own campus was floated by the HRD Ministry soon thereafter. The foundation stone was laid by the then Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal in January 2011 on the 175 acres of land provided by the Tamil Nadu government.
The new campus is at Chinna Suriyur village along Tiruchy- Pudukkottai Road, where the construction work has been going on for the last 30 months under the guidance of senior engineers from the Central Public Works Department. Dr Prafulla Agnihotri, director, IIM-T, spoke in detail about the world class infrastructure made available. The students will attend classes at the new campus from June and the administration building is all set to welcome faculty members.
An oval shaped three-storey library is being planned with an artificial pond also planned on the sprawling campus. Separate hostels for men and women to accommodate about 400 students, staff quarters and a recreation club would all be facilitated.
The members were taken on a virtual tour of the campus, including the Harvard-style classrooms with the solar panels installed for energy conservation.