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NIT Rourkela turned cynosure of all eyes as various transformative infrastructural projects were inaugurated on its premises.
Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan, inaugurated Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) and laid the foundation stones for six projects at NIT Rourkela campus, on 30 November 2023.
Having a vision for more intake of girls’ students, the institute has laid the foundation stone for three 500-seated girls’ hostels.
NIT Rourkela allocated a 15-acre plot for both the boys’ and girls’ hostels. Presently, the institute plans to use half of the area for a boys’ hostel with a capacity of 1000 and three fourth of the area for three girls’ hostels, each with an accommodation capacity of 500 students.
The remaining area is being kept aside for future hostel construction. Promoting sustainable practices on campus, the institute is constructing a 1.5 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant and faculty residences, say sources from NIT Rourkela.
Among the three girls’ hostels, one is funded by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) with Rs. 42.69 Cr. under their CSR activity, say sources from NIT Rourkela.
The other girl’s hostel is funded by the Ministry of Education under the EWS scheme fund.
The rest of the project, costing 165.81 Cr. will be completed with the support of HEFA (Higher Education Financing Agency).
The infrastructural development of Kendriya Vidyalaya-NIT Rourkela will be supported by Coal India.
Speaking about the achievement of NIT Rourkela, Dharmendra Pradhan, said, “NIT, Rourkela is the glory of our country. Over 8,000 students from India and abroad are studying in this educational institution.
More than 3 thousand students of Odisha are studying here. Students of NIT Rourkela have become successful citizens abroad.
More than 2500 students will benefit from the projects unveiled today. Apart from this, there were 2 KVs in Rourkela earlier, today it is a matter of happiness that KV-NIT Rourkela will be the third KV, he said.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said NIT Rourkela is making its own way through industrial collaboration bringing infrastructural development to the institute.
I acknowledge NIT Rourkela’s efforts in initiating this noble task of empowering education and helping the young mind to innovate and research.
Also, I thank the distinguished alumni of NIT Rourkela for choosing the institute for their educational journey, he said.
NIT Rourkela since its inception on 15th August 1961 has been working relentlessly to grow as one of the most popular institutions in the country, said Prof. K. Umamaheshwar Rao, Director, NIT Rourkela.
One of the primary objectives of NEP-2020 is to eliminate any disparity in access to education for children of all communities or other socio-economically disadvantaged groups.
Towards this NIT Rourkela, through Kendriya Vidyalaya, is aiming to provide high-quality education for all, he said.
We do believe that the residential facilities for the students have to be the best, within the available resources and thus we are creating these infra projects at the campus, he said.
The efforts of the institution towards social welfare in the interest of nation was also appreciated by the Guest of Honor, Jual Oram (Member of Parliament, Sundargarh, Odisha, and Chairperson, Parliamentary Committee on Defiance).
He requested NITR to collaborate with the Incubation Centre running in the city, which provides free of cost training to the tribal students in high-pressure welding, carpentry, fashion technology.
The event was followed by taking oath and participating in the live broadcast of the ‘Viksit Bharat SankalpYatra”; a mega outreach campaign aimed at highlighting government of India schemes.
NITR has the reservation of a minimum of 20% seats for girls in each of the disciplines. Currently, the number of girls in the Undergraduate (UG) Programme is 960, in Post Graduate (PG) Programme is 420, and in PhD is 503; presently 8000 students are studying at NITR.
Kendriya Vidyalaya in NITR will offer several compelling benefits by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration between school and faculty, potentially leading to innovative educational programs sparking interest and providing clarity about potential career paths.
The infra projects on the other hand will create a clean and healthy atmosphere for students while they pursue their academic journey.
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