PANJIM: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday announced to shift the proposed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) from Loliem in Canancona taluka to an alternate site, even though he contended that the apprehensions raised by the locals over the educational project was ‘unwarranted’.
Meanwhile, the State Cabinet this morning accorded its approval for transfer of 4,56,767 sq mtrs of land at Cuncolim to Union Ministry of Human Resource Development for setting up National institute of technology (NIT), after Ministry assured to reserve 40 percent sub quota of the total 50 percent reserved seat, exclusively for the State.
Addressing media person’s post cabinet meeting, Parrikar said that people in Canacona have apprehensions as far as IIT project is concerned which ‘I feel is unwarranted’.
“Hence, we have started process to look for an alternate site…there are variety of options before us. PWD Minister (Ramakrishna Dhavalikar) has proposed two sites in Ponda, which we are studying,” Chief Minister said.
“We intend to finalize the site by July,” Parrikar, who is also Minister Education, added.
Chief Minister informed that the project requires huge land of around 10-11 lakh sq mtrs. He said having such premium institute in Goa will help the state to make available the local resources, which otherwise have to go for IIT Mumbai.
The Loliem village is divided on the issue, with one section supporting while the other opposing the project. It has even become a crucial issue for the ongoing Panchayat polls.
Speaking about the NIT, Parrikar said that considering Goa as special case, the MHRD ministry approved 40 percent reservation of seats exclusively for Goans at NIT and accordingly, the cabinet has decided to transfer the 4.56 lakh sq mtrs of land to the Ministry for setting up the project.
“As per the understanding between the State and MHRD, the land has to be given by the State government and all other infrastructure and expenses will be incurred by the Union government. We will be spending around Rs 40 crores on the land itself,” he informed.
Of the total 50 percent quota, Goa is set to get 40 percent exclusive seat reservation at the NIT while the remaining 10 percent seats of the home state quota will be reserved for students from Dadra Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Lakshadweep. Until now, the 50 percent home state quota at NIT Goa was shared by Goa with these Union territories, he said.
“Besides this 40 percent, if seats from the 10 percent quota of the UTs are not filled for a particular year, those seats will also come to Goans,” Parrikar added.
NIT Goa became operational in 2010; however the land was not transfered. “In next four-five months the construction will start,” he said.
We want to make Goa an educational hub; Knowledge centre, Yoga in the physical education CM
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that government’s aim to bring down all the major institutions to Goa is to the State an educational hub- a knowledge centre.
“We want to make Goa a sector of educational excellence …an educational hub…a knowledge centre,” he commented.
Government is toying up with the idea of introducing ‘yoga’ as a part of value education in the educational curriculum of state board.
“The syllabus of the Goa board of secondary and higher secondary education has become easy compared to CBSC. We will improve the syllabus by giving thrust on quality education in the curriculum,” he said.
Parrikar said the concept of value education has been incorporated in the syllabus which includes knowledge on personal hygiene, importance of following traffic rules, civic sense and yoga.
“The composite package of the value education is being prepared by the experts. A team of 20-25 people who are experts in this field are on their job,” the Chief Minister said.
He said the entire package would be placed before the people for their feedback.
Stating the need to improve the syllabus, Parrikar said that the increasing number of passing percentage of students for board exam means that the students are either getting intelligent, teachers are teaching well or the question papers are set easy.
The Chief Minister said that the government is busy preparing the concept on how to improve the quality of education in the State which would be placed before the stakeholders. “I will have to throw open the idea to the people; but for that I need to have a fair idea of how to go ahead with the value education. We are currently formulating that idea,” he said.
Panjim ITI to be model institute; cabinet decides
The State cabinet has granted its approval for developing the Panjim Industrial Training Institute (ITI) as model ITI with major focus on hospitality sector.
Government has decided to tie up with a reputed city based three-star hotel for developing the ITI into a model institute.