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Vision 2025 for NITs

A final draft of a document proposing a "Vision-2025 for NITs" has been circulated to the directors of all the twenty NITs and will be submitted to the Government of India upon their final approval. The Draft Committee Chairman said that the Vision-2025 Document primarily embodied the plan of action, areas of thrust for emerging technologies, and scope of NITs in nation-building.

The draft visualizes greater autonomy for NITs and identifies 16 emerging fields such as food processing, agriculture, healthcare, nanotechnology, and biotechnology as potential focus areas.

The draft proposes a generalized structure for the NIT Council and governance and that the council include senior MHRD officials, eminent educationists, NIT directors and invited renowned scientists and researchers.

The document proposes producing thinking engineers after accepting that despite creating world-class infrastructure, the present system has failed to produce engineers capable of developing new technologies. The draft defines thinking engineers as technically sound, sensitive to national issues and also possessed of the necessary zeal. The draft has a detailed description about the various programs and activities of the institutions during the coming two decades. It also summarizes the activities and projects in the fields of resource management, disaster mitigation, entertainment and lifestyle, computer and IT services, material and processing, as well as technology management.

The need for an intranet among the NITs was very strongly expressed during the meeting of the directors held at MANIT Bhopal. Hence an intranet (possibly named as NITNET) was conceived. The intranet was expected to nurture research, collaboration and overall academic development. In developed countries, especially the U.S., major colleges and universities share a very high-speed intranet, called Internet2. Incidentally, the government-owned ERNET network is a member of Internet2. NITs may join this network.

Initially, the NITNET may be implemented as a VPN (Virtual Private Network) through a well-established ISP. For this purpose, the Ministry of Human Resources Department (MHRD) would have to sanction an initial grant of Rs 10 crores, with a recurring charge of Rs 5 lakhs per institute.

Motilal Nehru NIT, Allahabad is constructing a building to commemorate the golden jubilee of the REC/NIT scheme. The building would have a data center and potentially a nodal intranet center. After fine-tuning the specifications, a proposal would be made to all the directors and upon consensus, funds would be requested from MHRD.