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IITH to shift to permanent campus in 2014

Turns out, statehood isn’t the only thing in the offing for Telangana. Come July 2014, the region will also get a permanent IIT Hyderabad campus in the Kandi village of the Medak district. This would be the first of the six new IITs established by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) in 2008 to have a permanent address.

Initially, the premier institute that currently operates out of a temporary campus at Ordnance Factory, Yeddumailaram (Medak), will offer three of its nine specialties – chemical, civil and mechanical engineering. It will also have hostels for boys and girls with a total capacity of 2,000. Staff and faculty quarters too would be shifted to the new premises, officials of the institute said.

In general, the emergence of Hyderabad as a major education hub augurs well for the proposed Telangana State. The city has quite a few technical institutes, management colleges, universities and research centers.

The capital of present Andhra Pradesh would give a head start for the new state in view of its strong institutional base and high literacy rate of 81 per cent. Incidentally, the district of Mahboobnagar, with the lowest literacy rate of 56 per cent is also in Telangana, as per the Socio-Economic Survey of Andhra Pradesh (2012-13).

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