Much to the disappointment of students who planned to apply to Indian Institute of Technology in Goa, the institute announced that it would not be admitting students for 2015-16, as the state government is yet to allocate a site for its permanent campus.
The IIT Bombay, which is the mentor for the Goa institute, said in a statement that IIT in Goa would start its functions only for 2016-17. The statement also added that the decision also subjected to the approval of a site for the permanent campus by the Union Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry.
The statement released by the IIT-B stated, "The newly-announced Indian Institute of Technology in Goa will not be able to admit students for the 2015-16 academic session. Considering that the seat allocation process for admission to IITs is to commence shortly and the site for the permanent campus has not been finalized as yet, the government (at the Centre) has decided that the first academic session of IIT Goa will now commence from 2016-17."
Although the news of an IIT in Goa had created hopes for a number of aspiring students, reports suggested that the Goa government had been lethargic in allotting a site for its permanent campus.
The government had allowed the institute to start functioning temporarily from the Goa Engineering College campus at Farmagudi in Ponda taluka in North Goa. However, Union HRD minister Smriti Irani said that the permission to start the Institute will not be given unless the state government identifies a site for its campus.