IIIT Trichy students demand changing of mentor institute

A group of students from Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Trichy have sent a representation to the department of technical education, seeking change of their mentor institute. They met the head director of the department at Chennai to address their grievances on Wednesday.

“The college is in nascent stage of development. A proposal has been made to develop its premises soon. The representation from the students was forwarded to MHRD, and action will be initiated soon,” said S Madhumathi, IAS director of Technical Education Government of Tamil Nadu.

Temporary faculty members were appointed recently at the college and it has been running smoothly for the past two years with students passing out with good grades, she added. The college offers M tech courses specialized in software testing and technology.

Students want the mentor institute to be a central government institution instead of Anna University. Praneeth P, a student, said NIT and IIM function with a set of rules and guidelines. 

“IIM campus that is under construction is functioning under NIT. IIIT is a central government institution and should be given similar recognition,” Praneeth said.

As many as 53 acres of land allocated in 2012 for Indian Institute of Information Technology remain barren at Sethurapatti. Student’s future remains bleak as the college is yet to recruit faculty positions for the 72 students who have enrolled in the college. Aimed at par with the NIT’s and IIT’s in the country, the IIIT here has totally lost significance with the students not being provided with proper infrastructure. In an allocated strength of 180 for the three courses that have been started this year, only 72 students have shown interest to the college.

All the 72 students are lodged in a guest house inside the Anna University- Trichy Regional office that is currently acting as the mentor institution for the students.

The college that is presently located in the Trichy- Pudukottai road where the BIT campus is located is part of the state government. The college was supposed to be developed jointly by the Centre and State governments and industrial bodies at a cost of Rs 128 crore in 2013. However, the project did not pick up pace. Sethurapatti located in the Chennai- Madurai bypass road after crossing Manigandam is filled with potholes and thorny bushes, ToI reported.

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