Five new Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) have started functioning from the current academic session. The institutes at Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh, Kota in Rajasthan, Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, Guwahati and Vadodara have been set up under the PPP mode, said a HRD Ministry statement.
This is part of a major step initiated to promote 20 IIITs in the current Five Year Plan under this scheme. Five more are expected to start from the next year, it said. The next five IIITs to start functioning from 2014-15 are in Kerala, Himachal, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura and Karnataka.
These institutes are steps forward in promoting academia - industries partnership in technical education as the content of the syllabi will be industry aligned, the statement said. "The employability of the students will vastly improve.
There will be more research in the specific field required by the IT industry and there will be greater interface between teaching and industry," it said.