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IIIT to be set up in Tripura

By The Assam Tribune

AGARTALA, Jan 19 - An Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) would be set up in Tripura to encourage the youth to study job-oriented courses within their region, the State�s Higher Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty said on Tuesday.

The State Government has provided 50 acres of land in Bodhjungnagar, one of northeastern region�s biggest industrial zones, 25 km north of State capital Agartala.

�To cope with the growing need of information technology in every sphere and to push youth to study job-oriented courses, the IIIT would be set up at a project cost of Rs 128 crore,� Chakraborty said.

He said that to set up the IIIT, an agreement was signed between the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry and the Tripura Government last week in New Delhi.

�It was earlier decided that the funding will be borne by the Central Government 50 percent, State Government 35 percent and 15 percent by Public Sector Undertakings (PSU). Recently, the funding pattern was modified for the northeastern States increasing the Central share close to 60 percent and the remaining portion will be funded by the PSUs,� the official added. He said two more IIITs would be set up in Guwahati and Senapati district in Manipur.

�In the Northeast, industry participation for capital expenditure would be kept at 7.5 percent instead of 15 percent. The Central Government-participation for the NE States would be at 57.50 percent, while the State Governments would pitch in with 35 percent,� the official added. � IANS

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