PANAJI: After being handed over 120 acres of land at Cuncolim for its permanent campus, the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Goa, is now gearing up to accelerate its growth plans.
From the next academic year, two new courses—bachelors in mechanical engineering and bachelors in civil engineering— will be offered to students, the new director at NIT Goa, Gopal Mugeraya, told TOI.
NIT Goa started out in 2010 by offering the three streams of electrical engineering, electronics and telecommunications engineering, and computer science engineering.
As per the original growth plan, the institute was to add new streams within three years of its establishment, which was by 2013.
Operating from the Goa Engineering College in Farmagudi for the last seven years, NIT Goa was only able to up its intake from 90 seats to 140 so far.
“At present, the intake at the NIT is 140. We want to increase it to 600 within the next three years. And, as 40% of the seats at NIT Goa are reserved for Goan students, an increase in the intake will also mean that a higher number of Goan students can get enrolled,” said Mugeraya, has been credited for boosting the intake manifolds at NIT Agartala during his term as director there.
NIT Goa is also preparing to increase the number of MTech programmes offered at the institute to six from the present three within the next three years. Among these new programmes will be specialisation of MTech in construction management, which will be entirely sponsored and coordinated by the industry.
“Until our new campus is ready, Goa Engineering College is supporting us with the infrastructure to introduce these new programmes, and we are grateful for this. We want to make NIT Goa a full-fledged institute by 2020-21, and one big plus point is that the chief minister is an IITian who understands the value of higher education,” Mugeraya said.
He said that the stress will also be on ensuring that more students pursue doctorate programmes at the institute. “At present, we have 31 PhD students. We want to see that 10% of our students directly opt for PhD,” he added.
This article was first published on Times of India on Aug 21, 2017.