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Union Minister Sanjay Dhotre inaugurates NIT-C mega hostel-2

  • CNM Reporter 

Union Minister of state for Education  Sanjay Dhotre inaugurated the 1500-room hostel in virtual mode

The newly constructed Mega hostel at NIT Calicut was inaugurated by the Union Minister of state for Education, Electronics & Information Technology and Communications,Sanjay Dhotre via video conferencing. Speaking on the occasion, Dhotre noted that the collective efforts of faculty, staff and students of the institute have been instrumental in achieving various milestones, such as the All India 23 rd position in Engineering and 3 rd position in Architecture in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) and 8 th rank amongst Institutes of National Importance, Central Universities and CFTIs in the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2020, becoming the only NIT to feature among the top 10 institutes in this list. He also acknowledged the active contributions of the institute alumni, who are spread all across the world, to the development of NITC, which is currently celebrating its Diamond Jubilee.
The Minister appreciated the fact that NITC has succeeded in moving t heir projects and academics forward smoothly during the COVID-19 period. Over the years, NITC alumni have made their mark in various spheres including research and innovation. Today, the society is seeking technology solutions to improve living standards. Government initiatives such as Digital India have been instrumental in taking technology to the doorstep of the common man, while Unnat Bharat Abhiyan and Atmanirbhar Bharat will enable India to leap forward technologically. The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 has been framed so as to transform India to a knowledge superpower in the 21st century. Mr. Dhotre outlined salient elements of NEP 2020 such as setting up an Academic Bank of Credit (ABC),upgrading the academic curriculum to include flexible entry-exit options etc. He emphasised the importance of holistic education, collaboration among different government agencies and with industry. Campuses can incorporate startup innovation centres, technology parks and centres of industry collaboration. The allocation of Rs. 50,000 crores for National Research Foundation in the Union Budget 2021 will be a boon to ideate, incubate and innovate technological solutions. As a part of making technology accessible to the common man, academic institutions should endeavour to publish their activities in local language,promote interaction with schools and make their research and laboratory facilities accessible to young students. Not only should research publication be enhanced,information on research and innovation should be made available on the institute websites for the benefit of the general public. Greater thrust should be provided for the development of products and intellectual property. The minister acknowledged the support of M K Raghavan, MP and  P T A Rahim, MLA in the development of NITC and that of Kozhikode at large. The inauguration was followed by a virtual tour of the Mega Hostel-II for Boys.

The student intake to NITC has increased by 37% during the last five years. The new Mega
Hostel-II for Boys with 1500 single occupancy rooms will be beneficial to the large student
community, of which 70% are boys with representation from all over India and abroad. Presently the institute has 11 hostels for boys and 3 for girls. Mega Hostel-II for Boys is the third such hostel in the campus. It was constructed by Central PWD with a total budget of Rs. 165.24 crores. The mega hostel was initially funded by the former Ministry of HRD (now Ministry of Education) and the work was entrusted to CPWD. The remaining fund of Rs. 75 crore was provided by the ‘Higher Education Funding Agency (HEFA). The foundation stone of the project was laid by the former president Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The project comprises a total of 15 wings with a total plinth area of 64505 sq.m and is one of the largest such hostels in the country. 14 wings consist of 1500 residential rooms measuring 3.4×3.0 m each. The number of floors in these residential wings vary from five to nine.
There are 14 discussion rooms, 14 TV rooms, 14 reading rooms, 18 store rooms, 2 warden rooms, 28 resident tutor and sick rooms. 8 lifts and fire escape stairs are provided. The project includes a lightning arrestor system and a firefighting system with a water tank of 1lakh litre capacity. Separate fresh water tanks and flushing water tanks with a total capacity of 2.54 lakh litres are provided on the terrace of each wing. Additionally there is an underground water sump of 4.00 lakh litres capacity available to meet the demand.The project also includes a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) of 4.75 lakh litres per day capacity and a substation with two DG sets for round the clock uninterrupted power supply.The fifteenth wing, called Dining Block, is of two floors and the area of each floor is 5771 sq.m. The dining hall has a seating capacity of 1500 with provision for separate vegetarian and non-vegetarian dining and kitchens. Kitchens are equipped with steam-based modern cooking equipment for preparing nutritious food efficiently and hygienically, preserving the taste. Cooking gas stations and solar water heaters are also available.
Delivering the presidential address,  M. K. Raghavan MP acknowledged the vision of the founding fathers of the country in the establishment of institutions like IITs and NITs, and recalled how NITs (formerly RECs) have risen to international standards. Today, NITs attract bright students and engineers from across the world, helping in reversing the earlier trend of brain drain. He called upon the student community to utilize their immense potential for the benefit of our country and its people. He expressed appreciation for the state-of-the-art facilities in the Mega Hostel-II for Boys.
Mr. Gajjala Yoganand, Chairperson, Board of Governors, NITC welcomed the chief guest.He termed the Mega Hostel-II for Boys a feather in the cap of the institute which has upheld its great tradition and value system over the last six decades. He observed that the academic activities of the institute are going in full swing, so as to enable the final year students to graduate on time and join the firms where they are placed. Speaking on the occasion, P T A Rahim, MLA, Kunnamangalam Assembly Constituency expressed gratitude to NITC, particularly the department of Architecture and Planning, for the well-appreciated design of the Kunnamangalam Police Station and for volunteering to design the upcoming Police Station at Pantheeramkavu. He thanked the NITC community for standing with the people during the pandemic period and for developing technological innovations to mitigate the threat of infection.
Dr. Sivaji Chakravorti, Former Director, NIT Calicut, expressed confidence that NITC will
improve its ranking further in the near future. It is a matter of pride that the campus currently
hosts advanced instrumentation facilities and a high performance cluster which ranks among the top 40 such facilities in India. He implored the Ministry to support the construction of a Mega Hostel II for ladies also. Dr. P S Sathidevi (Director-in-charge, NITC) outlined the progress of the institute during the 60 years of its existence and recalled the contributions of its administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni in this memorable journey.

She highlighted the smooth transition to online teaching during the COVID-19 period and listed various innovative products developed by NITC to combat the pandemic.She acknowledged the efforts of the former director Dr. Sivaji Chakravorti and the former Dean (Planning and Development) Dr. Anjaneyulu in the completion of the Mega Hostel-II for Boys project. Dr. Sathidevi reiterated the commitment of the institute in exploring new and promising technological areas. While outlining the institute plan to implement NEP2020 in two phases of 5 years each, the director-in-charge also appealed to the Ministry of Education to render support in addressing long-pending and pressing problems such as the shortage of staff and other service-related issues. Lt. Col. Pankajakshan K (Rtd.)(Registrar, NITC) welcomed the dignitaries to the inaugural function and Dr. A Santhiagu (Chief Warden, NITC Hostels) delivered the vote of thanks.  Madan Mohan, Asst.Director General, Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Dr. Jeevamma Jacob, Dean-in-charge (Planning and Development), NITC) were also present.

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