Space crunch forces IIT- I to hold workshop at hotel

Indore: The Indian Institute of Technology Indore, which is provisionally running from a portion of Institute of Engineering and Technology ( IET), has to organise its workshop on nanoengineering at a hotel due to space crunch. The three- day workshop titled “ Engineering at Nanoscale: From Materials to Bio- sensors” starts at Radisson Blu Hotel, on Monday. “ The workshop is a mega one. It will see 50 speakers, scores of researchers, teachers and students as participants. We don’t have enough space on the rented campus to host such a big event so the workshop has been orgnaised at a hotel,” one of the members in the organising committee told Free Press.

Space crunch forces IIT- I to hold workshop at hotel

The IIT Indore, which was established in 2009, could not move to its own campus in three- and- a- half year due to allocation problems.It temporarily runs from a portion of IET and faces space constraints. The IIT Indore was promised about 500 acres of land at Simrol. But the proposed site could not be handed over to the IIT in last threeand- a- half- years for construction on the campus. Initially, there was a diversion issue as about 80- hectare of the promised 500 acres was forestland.

The issue was resolved about 20 months back with ministry of environment and forests giving its nod for the diversion of the forestland. But after that also the administration did not give possession of the land to the IIT for long. Now, it has the land, but the institute require about two three years of time to built up its campus at Simrol. It has got permission to operate from the existing IET campus till 2015.

At the present space is not enough to accommodate the increasing number of students and faculty members. So for workshops and conferences, the IIT- Indore would have to look up to hotels and other institutes. The workshop of IIT- I starting at Radisson Blu Hotel on Monday would see eminent resource persons, on frontline areas of nanotechnology, in addition to the invited and contributory presentations.

Some big names that would address the conference include Prof V Ramgopal Rao of IIT Bombay, Prof Samit K Ray of IIT Kharagpur, Jagadesh Kumar of IIT Delhi, Dr P S Anil Kumar of IISc Bangalore, Dr Lalit K Kukreja of RRCAT Indore and Prof T Pradeep of IIT Madras.

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