2 vital centres at NIT defunct, courtesy official apathy
Srinagar, Nov 21: World Bank and Italian Government-funded two research centres at the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, are lying defunct for past many years with the Institute doing little to make them functional.
According to sources the NIT is losing funds worth crores of rupees it was entitled to get from the World Bank and Italian Government for maintenance of the two centres— Instrumentation Centre and Italian Centre for Research.
“The establishment of Italian Research Center, a multi-billion project, was seen as a major development in the institute. All the funds were provided by the Italian Government. The NIT had then just to maintain the center. But it has miserably failed to do so,” the officials said.
The idea of the Centre first conceived in 1985 was established in 2004. “It functioned just for two months after its inauguration,” the sources said.
A source in the NIT said the equipment in the Italian Research Centre have got defunct due to the neglect of authorities. “The machinery in the centre over the years has become obsolete.”
He added: “The Institute, however, could make it functional and ask for latest machinery provided it has a will to do so.”
The official sources said Rs 20 crore project—Instrumentation Centre —funded by the World Bank is also defunct due to the NIT apathy.
“The Centre was primarily established for research purpose. Funds are not a problem. The World Bank had accepted that it would provide sufficient funds for its maintenance,” the officials said. “The matter of the fact is that that the NIT has spent just Rs 1 crore since 2008. The rest of the funds remained unspent and were sent back to the World Bank.”
Director, NIT Srinagar, Rajat Gupta refused to comment on the matter over phone. “We can talk some other day on the issue,” he suggested.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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