NIT Meghalaya likely to shift to new campus by next year

According to the Director of NIT Meghalaya, Prof Bibhuti Bhusan Biswal, the construction work was earlier halted because of paucity of funds and COVID-19 pandemic.

SHILLONG:

The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Meghalaya is likely to shift to its permanent campus at Saitsohpen, Sohra in East Khasi Hills by the end of next year.

According to the Director of NIT Meghalaya, Prof Bibhuti Bhusan Biswal, the construction work was earlier halted because of paucity of funds and COVID-19 pandemic.

“The construction work was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and it will only resume likely by next week,” Prof Biswal said.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) had released additional funds for the construction of the permanent campus only in February, however, the work was stopped following the outbreak of the COVID-19.

“I am confident that we could complete the construction of the permanent campus since the Centre has released an amount of ₹ 426 crore to complete the project,” he said.

The Director of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Meghalaya also said that the completion work, in terms of percentage on the construction of the various infrastructure at the permanent campus, will be around 75 per cent.

The Centre had earlier earmarked ₹ 800 crore for the NIT project.

He informed that NIT Meghalaya bagged the top spot among all the NITs in the North East and ranked 16th among 31 NITs in the entire country as per the Government of India ranking.

Earlier, Prof Biswal informed that NIT Meghalaya will observe its Seventh E- Convocation ceremony on Friday in which the institute will confer degrees to 10 PhD, 56 M Tech, 38 M Sc and 123 B Tech students.

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