Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Government has taken up the issue of setting up of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in the State with the Central Government. The fact was confirmed by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in his address at the education seminar on academic excellence in management and technical education in Himachal Pradesh ‘A Road to Employability’ organized by Himachal Chapter of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, here on Saturday.

Dhumal said, “The IIT classes had already started at Mandi, NIFT classes at Chheb in district Kangra besides the Central University and soon ESI Medical College would start admission at Ner Chowk in district Mandi, Hotel Management Institute at Hamirpur and Food Craft Institute at Dharamshala.” The Chief Minister said, “The state has set up 17 engineering colleges, one in Government and 16 in private sector,” adding that 3 major nursing colleges had also been started in the State.

Hydro Engineering College had been proposed to be opened at Bilaspur under joint venture of National Hydro Power Corporation and National Thermal Power Corporation, he said. The State Government had upgraded 11 Industrial Training Institutes to Centre of Excellence by spending Rs 32.50 crore while 27 more institutes had also been upgraded in public-private-partnership by spending Rs 50 crore.

Dhumal said, “Himachal Pradesh happens to be the first State, which was spending 18 percent of its budgetary provisions on education, which is highest in the country.”