The Prime Minister Unveils Three IIMs and lays the Foundation for their Permanent Campuses

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the campuses of three Indian Institutes of Management in Jammu, Bodh Gaya, and Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. Additionally, he laid the foundation stone for several projects totaling ₹13,375 crore, which includes the permanent campuses for three IITs, 20 Kendriya Vidyalayas, and 13 Navodaya schools.

The Prime Minister dedicated, inaugurated, and laid the foundation stone for these campuses and buildings during a public event held at the Maulana Azad Stadium in Jammu.

Reflecting on the advancements in the education and skill development sectors, Prime Minister Modi remarked, “The progress witnessed in education and skill development sectors on such a large scale was merely a distant vision a decade ago. However, this is the new India. The government is prioritizing significant investments in modern education for both current and future generations.”

He further highlighted the significant growth in educational infrastructure over the past decade, citing the establishment of numerous schools, colleges, and universities across the country, including the addition of 50 new degree colleges in Jammu and Kashmir. Additionally, he noted the increased enrollment of 45,000 previously out-of-school children and emphasized the improved accessibility of education for girl students. Modi underscored the transformation of schools from basic facilities to enhanced educational institutions, symbolizing the evolving landscape of education in India.

The projects dedicated to the nation include permanent campuses for the Indian Institute of Technology-Bhilai, IIT-Tirupati, IIT-Jammu, IIITDM-Kancheepuram, Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) in Kanpur, and two campuses for the Central Sanskrit University in Uttarakhand’s Devprayag and Agartala, Tripura.

Modi also inaugurated 20 new buildings for Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) and 13 new Navodaya Vidyalaya (NV) buildings nationwide. Additionally, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for five KV campuses, one NV campus, and five multi-purpose halls for NVs across the country.

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan participated virtually in the event from the PM-SHRI Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Goshala, Odisha’s Sambalpur.

For Bihar, the Prime Minister inaugurated 24 new academic and residential buildings of IIT-Patna, constructed at an estimated cost of ₹466 crore. The facilities include a central library, an auditorium, a central lecture hall and academic buildings, a student activity center, hostels, and residential quarters for teachers and employees. The IIT-Patna campus was inaugurated by Modi on July 25, 2015. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Ministers Samrat Chaudhary and Vijay Kumar Sinha, along with several other ministers, virtually attended the function from the Bihar Assembly.

Modi also inaugurated the newly constructed permanent campus of IIM-Bodh Gaya, which was established in 2015 and was previously functioning from a makeshift campus.

The fully developed new campus covers an expansive area of over 60,000 square meters, with an estimated cost exceeding ₹400 crore.

Additionally, the Prime Minister inaugurated IIT-Bhilai and two newly constructed KV buildings in Chhattisgarh. Currently, IIT-Bhilai accommodates 1,250 students, with plans to increase its capacity to nearly 2,500 students over the next three years, as per an official statement following Modi’s dedication of the institute and two KVs to the nation via video-conferencing from Jammu.

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