BHUBANESWAR: The country needs at least 50 Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) to cater to its large size and population for provisioning quality technical education, said former IIT Delhi director V Satyanarayan Raju at the seventh Institute Day of IIT, Bhubaneswar (IITBBS) here on Tuesday.
Speaking as the chief guest, Raju said since IITs are premier engineering institutes of the country, increasing their number would help many students have access to quality technical education.
Out of 20 lakh applicants, only 7,000 students get entry into these premier institutes and they are the backbone of the country in terms of research and innovative projects, he said. He advised the students to be engaged in social work along with their academics. A tree plantation ceremony was also organised at the permanent campus of IIT in Arugul.
IITBBS Director Madhusudan Chakraborty and Registrar BK Ray were present.