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June 24, 2014

Bengal`s first IIIT to start classes in July

Bengal`s first IIIT to start classes in July

Classes in West Bengal`s first IndianInstitute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Kalyani will begin from July thisyear, IT Minister Amit Mitra told the Assembly today.

While the campus was not yet ready, classeswould be held in the premises of an engineering college, while IIEST (formerlyBESU) would be the mentor academy, Mitra said.

The institute would come up onpublic-private partnership (PPP) basis with the Centre holding 50 per centequity, the State 35 per cent and the rest 15 per cent divided among CoalIndia, Rolta Foundation and JSW Steel, he said.

The State has provided 50 acres, while thecost involved for setting up the institute was Rs. 128 crore, Mitra said.

The institute would offer BTech and MTechcourses, he said.

To another query, he said that the stategovernment was setting up several IT parks and hardware parks in various areas.

Besides, companies such as TCS, TechMahindra, Accenture and Cognisant were expanding facilities in the State, whileITC Infotech had been allotted 17 acres at Rajarhat, he said.

Software exports from West Bengal during2012-13 stood at Rs. 11,200 crore, he added.