NIT yet to utilise Rs 911.25 crore funds from Centre


 The National Institute of Technology, Goa,  is yet to utilise ` 911.25 crore allocated to it under the 12th Five-Year Plan by the Union ministry of human resource development. The Union ministry has  allocated a total of ` 1488 crore for setting up the NIT.
A highly placed source requesting anonymity informed that time was running out as one year of the 12th Five-Year Plan has already lapsed, but there has been no headway in  the setting up of a full-fledged independent campus for the NIT Goa, which presently runs  from the GEC, Farmagudi. 
The source said though the NIT had been set up in Goa some three years ago, the government was yet to allot land for the campus.
The state government needs to expedite the process of land allotment so that work to set  up  the campus begins.. With just four years left for the fund utilisation time was running out for the NIT, he observed. 
Moreover, during the financial year of 2012-13 the funds were not utlised, which would have affect on availing of funds for the next financial year as the fund allocation was  done year wise and as per the expenditure of the previous financial year.
The source felt that at the moment the situation looked bleak.
The state government has currently identified a plot behind the Cuncolim police station measuring 120 acres. However, the land acquisition process is   crawling at a snail’s pace. Though the land is not sufficient to house NIT campus, the institute has accepted in principle to set up the campus there. However, the process will take a long time. Besides, state-of-the-art laboratories, libraries and hostel also need to be set up for the NIT Goa campus.
The NIT Goa will have eight undergraduate courses or B-tech programmes, six M-tech programmes, one MBA programme and PHD programmes.
The source said that only if the NIT Goa develops proper infrastructure it would be able to attract quality teaching staff along with quality students.
He said that at present just about 30 students have been admitted per batch in the NIT Goa. The space crunch would affect the intake of students in the next academic year as there would be four divisions. This space problem persists despite shifting to a newly renovated block in the GEC campus built at the cost of ` 2 crore.
NIT Goa is still utilising some laboratories and other facilities of the GEC even though there is a proposal of constructing another building at the cost of ` 3.5 crore adjacent to the renovated building and the work on the new building is likely to start by monsoon, the source said. [NT]