Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates, KV at NIT Rourkela, six transformative projects

NIT Rourkela aims to increase female participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Education minister Dharmendra Pradhan delivering speech at the NIT Rourkela campus. (Image: Official press release)Education minister Dharmendra Pradhan delivering speech at the NIT Rourkela campus. (Image: Official press release)

Anu Parthiban | November 30, 2023 | 07:24 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) and laid foundation stones for six projects at National Institute of Technology Rourkela.

The institute has allocated a 15-acre plot for both the boys' and girls' hostels. Half of the area will be used to build a boys' hostel with a capacity of 1,000. It also announced that three 500-seats girls hostels will be built with an objective to increase the intake of girl students. The remaining area is being kept aside for future hostel construction.

NIT Rourkela has the reservation of a minimum of 20% seats for girls in each of the disciplines.

“Promoting sustainable practices on campus, the institute is constructing a 1.5 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant and faculty residences. Among the three girls’ hostels, one is funded by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) with Rs. 42.69 crore under their CSR activity. The other girl’s hostel is funded by the ministry of education under the EWS scheme fund,” it said.

“The rest of the project, costing 165.81 crore will be completed with the support of HEFA (Higher Education Financing Agency). The infrastructural development of Kendriya Vidyalaya-NIT Rourkela will be supported by Coal India,” it added.

Speaking on the occasion, Dharmendra Pradhan said: “8 thousand students from India and abroad are studying in this educational institution. More than 3 thousand students of Odisha are studying here. Students of NIT Rourkela have become successful citizens abroad. More than 2,500 students will benefit from the projects unveiled today. Apart from this, there were 2 KVs in Rourkela earlier, today it is a matter of happiness that KV-NIT Rourkela will be the third KV.

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