08 August 2016 Current Affairs: Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar today inaugurated the transit campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here and praised Jammu and Kashmir for "keeping pace" with education despite a decades-long turmoil with gross enrolment figures higher than the national average.
Ninety students have been enrolled at IIT, Jammu for the first academic session.
Compared to the national average of 23.6 per cent of gross enrolment in higher education, girls pursuing higher studies in Jammu and Kashmir have a 27-per cent gross enrolment, more than the 25 per cent of boys, and both the figures are higher than the national average.
Javadekar announced Rs 100 crore for NIT, Srinagar under a special plan this year to facilitate research and development.
He said a fund of Rs 1,000 crore has been earmarked in the Union Budget to create a finance agency and another Rs 1,000 crore is expected to come from a bank soon to create a kitty of Rs 2,000 crore for infrastructure building and research in IITs.
He said over 2,000 research proposals have been received and of these, 450 have been shortlisted and around 300-400 would be funded.
The institute is the first for the state. Jammu is among the six cities across the country which were to get the IITs.