Karra seeks IIT, IIM, IIMC for Kashmir

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Calls for reviving proposal to setup DAIICT in Valley

Srinagar: Senior PDP leader and Member Parliament, Mr Tariq Hameed Karra has demanded setting up of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and a Government Engineering College in Kashmir so that distribution of institutions is made in an equitable and justifiable manner in the State.

In a statement issued here today, Mr Karra said while the Jammu region is in its right to ask for another AIIMS for the region, the people of Kashmir have also a right to press for setting up of institutions like IIT, IIM and IIMC which have been exclusively established in Jammu. He said the State Government should also revive the proposal of setting up of Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT), which was proposed to be setup at Ompora in district Budgam. “The PDP-led coalition government had in 2003 decided to setup DAIICT at Ompora for which land was also identified. However, the proposal was in 2005 shelved due to unknown reasons. The present government should revisit the proposal and establish a DAIICT campus in Kashmir,” he said.

Mr Karra also demanded setting up of a separate Government Engineering College in Kashmir as there is no such facility available in the region following upgradation of the Regional Engineering College as National Institute of Technology. He said in the absence of any large industry in Kashmir, unlike Jammu, the economy of the Valley can witness a turnaround only by setting up quality educational and technical institutions here. “In fact Kashmir can come up as an educational hub by setting up various institutions in the Valley,” he said.

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