Wednesday, November 22, 2006
[ 23 Nov, 2006 0029hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]
NEW DELHI: In what could be a major boost to aspiring architects and those keen to pursue pure sciences, Planning Commission has given in-principle agreement for two more schools of planning and architecture and an equal number of Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research(IISER).
The plan panel's move would also come as a relief to those fearing that OBC reservation would limit opportunities for general category students. While giving the green signal for more SPAs and IISERs, Planning Commission rejected the HRD ministry’s proposal to set up 20 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) in the 11th Plan. The panel reasoned that such initiatives should come through public-private partnership.
In case of SPA also, the ministry had proposed four more institutes but the panel felt two would be enough in the next plan. However, the commission agreed with HRD ministry's demand for two more IISERs. Two IISERs are already functioning in Pune and Kolkata and a third is coming up near Chandigarh.
The two new IISERs will come up in central and south India. Locations have not yet been decided. "This will ensure that five IISERs are in place by the next plan. It will encourage science education and in the long run, will make up for the shortfall of qualified teachers for IITs and other engineering colleges," an official said.