MHRD Issues Building Norms for IITs, No Additional Features to be made on Government Funds

New Delhi, October 17: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has issued fresh guidelines for centrally funded institutions such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and National Institutes of Technology (NIT) regarding construction of new buildings and campuses.

There are many new IITs that are to be built across cities like Jammu, Bhilai, Goa, Tirupati, Dharwad and Palakkad. A corpus of Rs. 5000 crore has been sanctioned by the Central government for their construction. The new building norms regarding all construction activities from government funds have been created to ensure that any infrastructure that is being built in these institutions is strictly as per requirement and no additional features- that are not immediately required- are created. The norms have also been discussed by the IIT Council- the highest decision making authority for the institutes.

New building norms shared with all IITs

The MHRD has communicated the new building norms through a letter shared with all IITs. The letter gives detailed parameters starting from land development to specific facilities. The projects must be planned in modules of 50 acres in order to maintain qualitative standards and avoid time and cost overruns. A project monitoring unit has also been constituted by the ministry which would evaluate the progress of all construction projects at regular intervals and give recommendations wherever required.

‘Smart’ Classrooms to be mandatory

The norms make it mandatory to ensure that all classrooms in the institutions are ‘smart’ and LAN and Wi-Fi facilities must be available in all hostels and academic as well as administrative sections. All buildings must be connected with fibre optic cables and high speed internet (1 Gbps) must be provided. The norms also elaborate on space requirements. The institutes must adhere to the standard of 30 sq. m.  per student for academic and administrative constructions. Sports facilities would be required to maintain an area of 35 sq. m. per student.

The ministry has also provided a list of things that will not be funded by the government as they are not of immediate requirement. The list includes tasks like construction of swimming pools, shopping complexes, eateries or food courts, stadiums, convention centers with a seating capacity above 500, guest houses with more than 20 rooms or a ring road across the campus. In case any of the institutes have issues with the new guidelines, the same would be looked into by a committee constituted by the ministry. Also, these norms would not apply in cases where construction orders have already been cleared.