Prof. Vishnu Priye
Director, IIIT, Ranchi
Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Ranchi, by an act of Parliament is established in Year 2016 as an Institute of National Importance. It is established in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode with an aim to be a self sustainable institute within five years and achieve excellence in teaching and research in information technology. It has to be among the best institutes of the country and be appropriately geared to meet any challenges of Jharkhand State regarding Information and Communication Technology.
In this endeavour, Government of India, Government of Jharkhand, and private partners – Central Coalfield Limited, Tata Consultancy Services and Tata Technologies Limited – are working in unison to establish an Institute that bridges the gap between academics and industry. The combined effort will create a pool of skilled Electronic Communication Engineers, Computer Scientists & Engineers that are readily employable in Industry. The students taking admission in IIIT Ranchi are through ‘Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) – Main’ and are among the best in the country.
At present, IIIT Ranchi is being mentored by National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur which has contributed in technical education since year 1960. A land of 52 acres at Ranchi has been allocated for building a new campus and for creating a strong infrastructure, a grant of over Rs 120 crores has been sanctioned by the Central Government, Jharkhand Government and Private Partners.
As a founder Director of IIIT Ranchi, my job is well defined. First and foremost, it is to establish a temporary campus at Ranchi where all students can be shifted so that they can associate themselves with the Institute and be a proud alumni after they graduate from the institute. The labs commensurate with industry standards has to be established immediately so that students get exposure at the earliest to environment and work culture of industry. The recruitment of qualified faculty, officers and staff to be completed within six months. Next is to expedite the realization of IIIT Ranchi Campus at the site allotted for this purpose. Over and above facilities has to be created to impart skill development to people of Jharkhand and participate in IT projects of Jharkhand Government. In coming years, the institute will contribute profusely in research and scientific discovery by adding various research programs.
It is my earnest appeal to all stake holders to contribute in the progress of the Institute and to all major players of IT industries to provide opportunities to faculty and students of IIIT Ranchi in terms of industrial project, training and campus placement.