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Institute of Information Technology, Mohali (SAS Nagar), Punjab
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C-124, Phase VIII, Industrial Area
Mohali (SAS Nagar)
Punjab, India

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Institute of Information Technology is situated in Mohali (SAS Nagar) of Punjab state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
Contact Details of Institute of Information Technology, Mohali (SAS Nagar) Punjab are : Admissions: Ms Navjot / Divleen at Telephone: +91-172-5094174-75, 5098014-15, 98761-81101, 98727-82244, Director 93161-02858


Institute of Information Technology, Mohali (SAS Nagar) Punjab runs course(s) in Business Management stream(s).

Approval details: Institute of Information Technology is affiliated with IK Gujral Punjab Technical University PTU, Jalandhar (Punjab)

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IT institute inaugurated

On the occasion of 400th year of martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, Ramgarhia Educational Council launched a new venture in the field of information technology by starting Ramgarhia Institute of Information Technology (RIIT) today.

The institute was inaugurated by the president of the council, Mr Ranjodh Singh. On this occasion, other dignitaries present were: Mr Jagtar Singh, general secretary, Ramgarhia Educational Council, Mr Gurcharan Singh, Mr Durlabh Singh, Mr Gurdev Singh members of the educational council, Mrs Harmit Kaur, Principal, Ramgarhia Girls College, Mr Raja Singh, Principal, Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School for Boys, Mrs Kanwaljit Kaur Kalsi, Principal, Ramgarhia Girls Senior Secondary School were also present.

The institute has a computer lab having latest computers. The institute will provide tailor made courses for working people, housewives and students with flexible timings. there will be separate batches for boys and girls. The institute will provide job oriented computer courses with emphasis on working knowledge of Internet, web-designing, web-hosting with hi-speed Internet facilities.

KU to have IT institute

Kurukshetra University plans to set up an Indian institute of information technology in the 10th plan. A proposal to this effect has been discussed by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, with Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Union Minister for Human Resources Development, on May 18, 2002. Mr R.S. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor of the university, was also present at the meeting. When established, the institute will be the second of its kind in north-west India. A similar institute has been set up by the ministry at Allahabad.

Mr Chaudhry, in an interview with TNS stated Mr Joshi had informed the Chief Minister that the ministry had plans to open a series of such institutes in the country. The institute would be developed as a full-fledged university for information technology.

He maintained that the Chief Minister and the Union Minister had agreed on the desirability to open such an institute at the Kurukshetra University campus. In the beginning, Rs 38.25 crore would be required to set up the project.

The university has sought Rs 35 crore for the project in the beginning. It has assured the ministry that the remaining amount would be arranged from its own resources with the help of the state government.

It is learnt that the All-India Council for Technical Training Education has issued a certificate to open such an institute in Haryana.

Mr Chaudhry was of the view that the institute would cater to the needs of the information technology industry across the country.

At present there are 900 engineering colleges, 1,300 polytechnics, 11,000 arts and science colleges and 750 management institutions accredited to 256 universities and All-India Council of Technical Education. These institutes along with IIT’s and IIM’s had been producing technical manpower in the ratio of 1:10 whereas it was 6:10 in European countries, he added.

He said the university would provide material and manpower for the institute to be set up over 400 acres on the university campus.

The institute would provide short-term advanced courses modules to update knowledge of technologists and scientists. It would also provide diploma courses and advanced courses in information technology. Facilities for quality research to the scientists engaged in the information technology sector would also be provided.

The Vice-Chancellor said to begin with courses such as (a) Bachelor of Information Technology & Software Engineering, (b) Bachelor of e-Commerce and E-Business, (c) Bachelor of e-Management, (d) Master of Advanced Information Management, (e) Master of Software Engineering, (f) Master of Industrial Management, (g) Master of Commerce & Information Technology, (h) Master Information System and MBA & Information Sciences would be introduced. It would also run diploma courses in e-Commerce and e-Management, Internet Working Technology, Integrated Circuit Designing and Embedded System Design.

The institute would also run certificate courses in the emerging areas of information technology. Dwelling on the infrastructure for the project, the Vice-Chancellor said the institute would have modern lecture theatre, laboratories, libraries equipped with computers and multi-media presentations. Besides, there would be a convention centre equipped with audio-visual system and lighting with a seating capacity for 500 persons. The laboratories would have high performance computing facility, multi-media desk-top computers and work station. It would also have Internet connectivity with quality appliances and a well-equipped Internet working laboratory.

Himachal to set up institute of IT

Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, has said that Himachal Pradesh Government will set up an institute of Information Technology on the pattern of Andhra Pradesh industry — government partnership — he said that the government proposed to set up this institute in collaboration with M/s Jaiprakash Group of Companies.

The Chief Minister said that the Jaiprakash Group has sought technical expertise of the University of California at Berkeley (UCB), one of the world’s two top universities in the field of Information Technology, and experts from the university had detailed discussion with him regarding setting up of the institute.

Mr Dhumal said that Himachal Government would provide land and other clearances, Jaiprakash Industries Ltd. will build, manage and run the institute, which would be developed as a State-of-Art-Centre of Excellence. The Himachal government would then apply for and get deemed university status for the institute from the University Grants Commission to give it the autonomy imperative for such an institute of higher education.

Varsity axe falls on two IT institutes

Axe has finally fallen on the controversial Information Technology Institutes, which were touted as vehicles for taking Punjabi University into the new millennium by the ousted vice-chancellor, Dr J.S. Ahluwalia, with the varsity authorities holding both campus-based Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information Technology (MRSIIT) and the Damdama Sahib-based Guru Gobind Singh Institute of Information and Technology (GGSIIT), as illegal entities.

In a damning judgement relating to the institutes, the new dispensation in the university has come to the conclusion that both institutes did not fulfil the criterion for recognition by the government. Accordingly it has been decided that action should be taken against them according to government norms.

The move, which is likely to affect a number of students, including about 400 of the MRSIIT, today resulted in students of the MRSIIT gathering on the campus and going for a sit in outside the institute, besides pasting posters demanding justice.

Both institutes, which were run by private companies, had been given infrastructure at the campus here and at the Damdama Sahib Regional Centre in Bathinda district. While the campus institute offered IT courses, the one at Damdama Sahib was functioning as a distance education centre and claimed to be running 150 study centres in the country offering Information Technology courses.

According to sources, the university management has indicted Dr Ahluwalia for going in for collaboration with private parties which according to it is against the university laws. Dr Ahluwalia had collaborated with a private company G Cat for the MRSIIT and with KCC for the GGSIIT. It had been revealed that the university Syndicate was misinformed about the setting up of the institutes with permission being taken earlier to open an IT department at the university.

Following this, the sources said, when there was mild response for opening of institutes except on the varsity campus, the former VC allowed a private party to open distance education centres for IT courses, which was totally against the norms. They said even though the University Grants Commission had clearly stated that no varsity could enter into an agreement with a private company on its campus, the former VC offered university infrastructure to G CAT for starting its IT courses and tried to camouflage the issue by forming a committee to manage the institute which was headed by him. However, it had been revealed on inquiry that the institute was run by the private company with the varsity having no check on its accounts or appointment of staff.

According to the university authorities only Punjab Technical University could give recognition for professional courses. They said any agreement with any private company could not be done in this light and that the only way out for the companies was to take recognition from the PTU. The university had also cancelled affiliation of all colleges and institutes who were running the MCA course on the same pattern and had asked them not to hold any entrance test for the same.

Punjab takes a step to board IT bus

So Punjab will finally have an IIIT at Mohali. It’s a major achievement and the Punjab Government and the three companies — M&M, Fortis Heathcare and Ranbaxy — deserve to be cheered. But how long will it take to complete The Mahendras, who started their knowledge park at Mohali more than three years ago and are still at the preliminary stage, are also associated with the proposed Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) and one can only hope that this project is not delayed.

Punjab has already missed the IT bus. It is much behind Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in realising the IT benefits. This sounds painful, given the fact that many Punjabis have excelled in IT globally. So many others have missed the opportunity because of lack of IT teaching infrastructure in Punjab. The IIIT at Mohali will, therefore, meet a long-felt need.

It was almost three years ago I read a detailed study on Punjab’s proposed IT projects authored by Mr N. S. Kalsi, an IAS officer. Most of them have remained on paper. The Punjab Government, enthused by the IT wave then sweeping the globe, set up a separate department for IT development, but it has remained dormant. The government set up a task force of experts. It has never met. A sum of Rs 100 crore was earmarked for IT development, but much of it perhaps remains unspent, if not diverted to more pressing areas. The concept of e-governance is at remained the talking stage only. The IT benefits to agriculture have remained unrealised.

The government did make a commendable beginning to introduce IT as a subject in schools and colleges with the participation of major companies. The state’s technical university, better known as PTU, went to an extreme when it allowed franchise to many private parties of unsound financial credentials within and outside Punjab. They opened up IT shops without the required infrastructure and qualified faculty. As a result, students lost money and precious time. The UGC has now banned this practice. An IT institute now requires to meet the minimum UGC prescribed standards to claim recognition. The scope for producing IT experts to meet the global demand is tremendous. Punjabis have displayed talent for computers and can gladly work anywhere.

Had the CM devoted as much time on building e-governance as he does on politicking, he would have earned the gratitude of many Punjabis. If every public-dealing government department sets up a site on the Internet to genuinely answer queries and give the required information, people would be saved from harassment and humiliation meted out in offices. Corruption would be minimised, if not eliminated. But officers and babus will not let that happen. Using the Internet to run the administration requires a bold and informed leader like Chandrababu Naidu.

In agriculture computers can work wonders. Providing Internet access to villagers will help them learn the latest farming practices, get latest information on commodity prices in different markets, understand demand and supply of farm products, get medical and veterinary help online, know about the weather in advance and cheaply interact with their relatives abroad through e-mail.

The Chennai-based M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation floated an information village project in Pondicherry in 1998 with a view to “reaching the unreached” and made these services available at the village level. The project, started with a $120,000 grant from Canada’s International Development Research Centre, has now earned the Foundation the Stockholm Challenge Award. Can’t the idea work in Punjab More importantly, will someone try

Stone of first IIIT in region laid

The Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy, today said the Central Government was determined to carry out reforms in different sectors. The government had also resolved to increase its expenditure on information technology (IT) to 3 per cent of the GDP by 2008 as against the present IT expenditure of around 6 per cent, he said.

Mr Rudy, who was in the town to lay the foundation stone of the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), claimed that the resolve of the BJP-led coalition to induce market reforms had been acknowledged all over, adding that the disinvestment reforms were part of it.

Quoting the contents of a World Bank survey in the USA, he said most of the IT vendors ranked India as their first choice for software-development services. The Indian IT professionals were the first choice of 82 per cent of the companies in the USA. He said the revenue earned by the Indian IT industry during 1999-2000 was around Rs 37,000 crore, which shows a growth of 50 per cent as compared to a revenue of Rs 24,781 crore in 1998-99. With 150 major hardware players and 800 ancillary units, the IT industry grew at rate of 53 per cent in 1999-2000.

Seeing a role of Punjab in the projected growth of jobs for IT professionals, Mr Rudy said the concept of IIIT’s, wherein the private sector handles its own schools in specialised areas of IT, would be able to fill in the gap between the demand and the supply. The IIIT at SAS Nagar was the seventh such centre being set up in India, the others being at Hyderabad, Bangalore, Gwalior, Chennai, Allahabad and Kolkata.

He claimed that the IT industry had registered a growth rate of more than 42.2 per cent, which was almost double of growth rate of the industry in many developed countries. The minister said for a targeted software export of $60 billion by year 2008, India would have to register a fast growth rate.

Deviating from his written speech, he said the Opposition was raising hue and cry about the disinvestment reforms of the BJP-led government. Of around Rs 74,000 crore invested in PSU’s the returns were very less, he observed. Citing the Balco case, he said even the Supreme Court had found the disinvestment move right. He said the potential of Punjab in the IT was proved from the fact that the Software Technology Park of India (STPI) was proposing to start its centre at Jalandhar after SAS Nagar.

Mr R.I. Singh, Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Punjab, said the software export from units in SAS Nagar had touched Rs 52 crore this year. As per the concept of the IIIT, the industry prescribes the syllabus. The IIIT at SAS Nagar was established by the State Electronics Corporation in collaboration Mahindra and Mahindra group. at a cost of around Rs 45 crore. It would have an built-up area of 25,000 sq metre. In the first phase, admissions would be done for the academic session starting July 2002.

He said the state government had set up an IT vision group. The group had proposed the creation of a department of IT and setting up of a Punjab IT service to facilitate the IT usage in government departments. Allowing software units in residential premises and provision for automatic approval from Pollution-Control Board had also been decided, he said.

Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, MP, and Prof Jagir Singh Bhullar, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, also spoke on the occasion.

Technical symposium concludes

The second national-level technical symposium organised by Haryana Engineering College and Haryana Institute of Information Technology and Management, Jagadhri, ended at Jagadhri last evening.

Dr R.C. Chauhan, Director, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal, Punjab, said the budding engineers were the future of the nation and hence it was primary duty of technical institutions to educate them in latest technologies.

The Director of the Haryana Engineering College, Dr B.S. Gill, said the institute had organised such a symposium for the second time and more than 50 colleges and universities participated in it. Among main participants were IIT, Roorkee, NIT Jalandhar, Thapar Engineering College, Patiala, GND, Ludhiana, and AMU, Aligarh. More than 150 technical papers were presented in various branches of engineering and technology.

The chief convener of the function, Dr Shakti Kumar, advised all students to be more positive towards new technologies.

Fate of IT institutes hangs in balance

The issue of the final closure and the future of the two Information Technology institutes started by the former Vice-Chancellor, Dr J.S. Ahluwalia on the Punjabi University campus here by the name of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information Technology (MRSIIT) and the Guru Gobind Singh Institute of Information Technology (GGSIIT) at Damdama Sahib has taken a back seat as the five-member high-level committee constituted by the Acting VC, Dr N.S. Rattan, to look into the matter has failed to hold a meeting on the issue.

Dr Rattan had formed a five-member Committee consisting of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.N. Pal, Dean, Colleges, Dr S.P.S. Virdee; Dean, Academics, Dr U.C. Singh; Registrar, Dr K.S. Sidhu and the Head of the Department of Computer Science, Dr Chandan Singh to recommend the manner in which the two institutes were to be closed down simultaneously and to ensure that the students already studying in them did not suffer.

It has been nearly a month since this decision was taken, but the committee has not been able to meet even once. This despite the fact that the Vice-Chancellor had directed the committee to submit its recommendations on or before the meeting of the Syndicate scheduled for yesterday which has now been postponed to June 21.

Sources said the committee was not likely to meet tomorrow and that the future of the two IT Institutes would not be discussed at the Syndicate meeting. The sources said the committee could not meet till date because the order under which it was formed was being contested by some of the committee members.

A perusal of the order clearly states that the committee will recommend now the two Institutes are to be wound up. The sources said if the university had already taken a decision in this regard there was no need to form a committee for the purpose. The order also stated that the interest of the students should be watched which is contradictory to the first statement.

Besides this, the formation of the committee has also sparked off a controversy. Two members of the committee — Dr Sidhu and Dr U.C. Singh — had opposed the opening of the institutes and also complained to the police against the formation of the institutes as members of the Joint Action Committee which was spearheading the agitation for the ouster of Dr Ahluwalia. Dr Chandan Singh had protested against the formation of the MRSIIT as a member of a sub-committee. On the other hand, two other members of the committee, Dr Pal and Dr Virdee, are members of the Governing Council of the institutes. It is felt that one group wants to close down the institutes whereas the other wants a rethink on the issue.

Meanwhile, the examinations of the MRSIIT are starting from June 22 and those of Study Centres of the GGSIIT from August 10. Sources said the university could also compel the institutes to take affiliation from Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, from the next academic session even though the students are opposed to any such move.

Experts: rationalise excise duties

The Budget should make sincere efforts to increase capital expenditure if the country has to continue moving on the path of growth. These were the views expressed by Dr Manoj K. Sharma, Reader University Business School (UBS), Panjab University, Chandigarh, while talking at a symposium on “Pre-Budget analysis 2006-07” organised at the SAS Institute of Information Technology and Management here today.

Dr Sharma expressed concern on increasing revenue expenditure and wanted rationalisation of excise duties.

Dr B.B. Tandon from Panjab University explained the implications of the Budget on the common man. He was optimistic about the growth of the economy. He said the Budget should not only be a statement of fiscal policy, but a means to achieve equity and growth in the economy.

Prof A.K. Vashishth from the UBS expressed concern on the under-development of rural areas. He said a lot of mundane issues at the grassroots level were waiting to be resolved and quality education was still a far-fetched objective.

He hoped the Budget would propose measures to increase compliance with tax proposals and not on high tax rates. He quoted Singapore as an example where the government was generating good revenue from taxes at the tax rate of 10 per cent.

Dr Ashok Tandon, CMD, Milestone and Milestone, and chairman, CH-HP Chapter, said the proposed Budget should fulfil the aspirations of the youth.

He suggested that the Budget should propose measures to curtail the growth of black money and encourage entrepreneurs to invest in rural areas.

CM meets Joshi today on IIIT for Haryana

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, will be at his persuasive best when he meets the Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, tomorrow to persuade him to say yes to the establishment of a Rs 38-crore Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT).

Mr Chautala’s persuasive skills will be on test because, according to informed sources, the competition among states to get Central assistance for such an institute is intense. Already over half a dozen states are believed to have submitted their project reports to the HRD Ministry.

The sources say Mr Chautala’s job may become easy in view of the fact that after the TDP walked out of the Lok Sabha at the time of the crucial vote on the Opposition-sponsored motion on Gujarat, the BJP is going all out to woo the INLD, which has five MPs in the House. In fact, the sources say, Mr Chautala hurriedly got the project report on the IIIT prepared after he received certain positive signals in this regard from the Centre.

The institute, to be set up on the pattern of the renowned IIIT of Bangalore, will be initially set up on the campus of Kurukshetra University. Later it will be housed in a separate building to be constructed on 40 acres to be given free of cost by the Haryana Government.

The objectives of the institute will include imparting education and training in information technology at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, preparing students to become visionary leaders and entrepreneurs, providing short-term advanced course modules to update the knowledge of technologists and scientists already working in the field of IT providing quality research base to scientists engaged in IT and designing academic programmes for providing focus-intensive education and training in core technology and its applications.

Among the courses offered at the institute will be Bachelor in Information Technology and Software Engineering; Bachelor in e-Commerce and e-Business; Bachelor in e-Management; Master in Advanced Information Management; Master in Software Engineering; Master in Commerce and Information Technology; and Master in Information Systems; besides several diploma courses.

Students future hangs in balance

The decision of Punjabi University, Patiala, to withdraw the affiliation of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information Technology and the Guru Kashi Institute of Advanced studies, Damdama Sahib, has put a question mark over the future of students doing various courses being run by these institutes for the past year.

The university took the decision after it was suspected that some private information technology institutes had got affiliated against the rules. The Punjab government also took a decision to direct universities to ensure that all information technology institutes affiliated with them should seek fresh approval and affiliation from Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar.

Several students of the Guru Kashi Institute of Advanced Studies said they had paid huge amounts as tuition fee for their courses and cleared the first semester examinations. They said the decision of the Punjab Government and Punjabi University to withdraw the affiliation would harm their career prospects.

The students pointed out that they had spent a year in the institute and if they were made to start their course afresh, they would not be able to compete with students of other institutes for getting jobs.

Information gathered by TNS revealed that the Guru Kashi Institute of Advanced Studies had been running M.Sc. (software technology), M.Sc. (information technology), B.Sc. (information technology) and postgraduate diploma in computer applications. Punjabi University had collaborated with K.T.C. Institute, Delhi, for running these courses in its various centres.

An eminent educationist of the region, speaking on the condition of anonymity, alleged that the Technical Education Department of the Punjab Government had introduced the culture of franchise technical education centres in the state, due to which some persons were making money through illegal means by cashing in on the aspirations of those who wanted to get good jobs after passing various computer and information technology-related courses.

Mr Chander Mohan Ruby, Joint Secretary, Punjab Law Forum, said a CBI probe should be ordered into the opening of “money-spinning” centres by private persons under the garb of information technology and computer institutes. He said the role of the authorities concerned during the previous SAD-BJP combine government should also be probed.

Pbi varsity allows IT students to take exams

Punjabi University today decided to allow students of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Institute of Information Technology (MRSIIT) to give their second semester examinations at the end of this month. The university has already decided to stop further admissions to the institute.

Students of the institute, which was started by ousted Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia against the University Grants Commission norms, today assembled in front of the office of acting Vice-Chancellor N.S. Rattan and urged him not to close down the institute.

Following talks with the students, it was decided that the second semester examination would be held in the last week of June and Pro Vice-Chancellor R.N. Pal was deputed to draw a time table and conduct the examination.

The acting VC also assured the students that he would try to ensure that their future was not affected. He said that the institute could be asked to get itself affiliated with the Punjab Technical University (PTU), Amritsar. However the students protested saying that the university could not declare the institute illegal just because the VC had changed. They also claimed that the authorities had given them certificates following examinations, which meant that the institute was recognised.

The Students Action Committee, after talking to Mr Rattan, said that the students were not satisfied and that could not wait for the university to take a decision on their future after the second semester examinations, as stated by Mr Rattan.

The committee has decided to meet Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tomorrow to present their viewpoint. They said that they would intensify their agitation in case the university remained adamant on not recognising the institute. It may be mentioned that the university had recently decided that both the MRSIIT and the Guru Gobind Singh Institute of Information Technology, which is running distance education courses in IT, do not fulfil the criteria for recognition by the government.

Both are being run by private companies with the institutes having a governing committee headed by the VC. The UGC had earlier stated that no company could enter into an agreement with any private party to open a institute on a university campus. Former VC had allegedly bent the rules by first taking permission of the syndicate to start a IT Department which later led to a private party opening up an institute here and another one setting up the Distance Education Centre at the Regional Centre at Damdama Sahib.

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