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The Indian Institute of Technology Rajasthan (IIT Rajasthan)
The Indian Institute of Technology Rajasthan (IIT Rajasthan), also known as Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur (IIT Jodhpur, IITJ), is a public university located in Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan in India. It is one of the eight new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India under The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2011 which declares these eight IITs as well as the conversion of Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University to IIT.The Act was passed in the Lok Sabha on 24 March 2011 and by the Rajya Sabha on 30 April 2012.
This new institute was established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, in 2008. The classes for the first academic session were held at IIT Kanpur, which had been designated as the mentor IIT for looking after the incubation activities of the new IIT in Rajasthan. The first academic session in IIT Rajasthan commenced in August 2008.
Following the recommendations of a committee headed by Prof Vijay Shankar Vyas, both the Rajasthan state government and MHRD approved Jodhpur as the city where IIT Rajasthan would be set up. The final approval came in the month of November 2009. Since then the state government and IIT Rajasthan administration have been working towards making a shift of IIT Rajasthan from its temporary camp at Kanpur to its permanent establishment at Jodhpur.
Permanent and temporary campus
IITJ will be located about 12 km from Jodhpur city on National Highway 65 which connects Jodhpur to Nagaur. The IIT site will cover 900 acres (3.6 km2) of land around Jhipasni and Gharao villages. The construction of the fully residential campus of IIT Rajasthan started in late 2010.
For the next two years, IIT Rajasthan will have its academic and administrative block in the MBM Engineering College, Ratanada, Jodhpur.