Tripura to get IIIT soon, cabinet approves fund

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By Dipankar Das

Agartala,  April 13: Tripura cabinet on Thursday approved Rs 50.67 crores to set up an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Bodhjungnagar area of West Tripura District.

After the cabinet meeting, Minister Ratan Lal Nath informed that the IIIT would be constructed on 52.08 acres land at Bodhjunagar. The land plot was already identified and earmarked, the minister said.

He also said the IIIT would be set up with a total project cost of Rs. 128 crore adding that Tripura IIIT will be fully based on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model where centre will provide Rs. 73.60 crores while Rs. 44.80 crores will be funded by the state. Private partners in the project were expected to pool in Rs. 9.60 crores. However, Rs. 5.82 crores fell short since few private parties failed to turn up, therefore the govt. has decided to fill the deficit amount from the state fund and provide of Rs. 50.67 crores.

The minister also informed media that from this year the academic session of IIIT will start at NIT Agartala campus in the month of June-July.