States Current Affairs – 2017

Kerala’s first IIT starts functioning at Palakkad district

The first Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kerala started functioning from a temporary campus at Palakkad district, scripting a new chapter in the higher education sector in the state.

The IIT-P campus was opened in Palakkad district at a function and Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani addressed the students through video conferencing.

In the initial phase, IIT-Palakkad will offer four B-Tech streams including Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Classes of the institute will begin in a temporary campus located near Valayar in Palakkad district. It will have around 117 students who have been admitted to the new campus and are mostly from Uttar Pradesh. Later this temporary campus will be shifted to a 500 acre permanent campus located at Puthussery in the district. It will be shifted in next three years, after completion of land acquisition process and construction of buildings.

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Former MP Minister Jagannath Singh passes away

Former Madhya Pradesh minister and senior Bhartiya Janta Party leader Jagannath Singh passed away in Bhopal after prolonged illness. He was 69.

He had had served as state labour minister from 2008 to 2013 in the BJP government led by incumbent MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. In his political career he was elected as Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) four times and for first time as an MLA in 1977 from Devsar constituency. He was twice elected as Lok Sabha member from Sidhi constituency and once as Rajya Sabha member.

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