Lobbying for IIT in Belgaum


After a long stint for opening an IIT in Belgaum the last time steam is getting heated again for having one here.

Mla Abhay Patil had tried getting in other MLA’s of the state with him and had also submitted a letter to union HRD minister Kapil Sibbal. But nothing concrete was mentioned then.


Now the same issue has raked up again after the Union law minister M. Veerappa Moily has promised to set up an IIT at Muddenahalli, the birthplace of Sir M. Visvesvaraya.

Belgaum MLA Abhay Patil, met union HRD minister Kapil Sibal with MP Suresh Angadi and Congress MLA Ashok Pattana on Monday in Delhi, to put forward Belgaum’s case for the institute.

Mr Patil said 122 MLAs from North Karnataka, Hyderabad Karntaka and Mumbai Karnataka have signed the petition urging the government to establish an IIT in Belgaum.

The institute is needed here as it will help boost the economy of the whole region, which is backward and badly in need of development, Mr. Patil said.

Will this lobbying help in any manner is to be seen. Normally Belgaum is treated soberly on all fronts may it be Railways or other infrastructure.

One main factor missing in this whole issue is the support of the citizens of Belgaum. How many know that some one is lobbying for an IIT. There is no awareness here only then what will this impact anyone else.



  1. Belgaum is a very good green district i dont know why people want an iit college , its we allready j have 5 engg college in belgaum,. India is an agriclutural country , and belgaum has good land, why not we are not concentrating on agro field . there should be agri colleges in belgaum


  2. IIT in karnataka is a must,, and BELGAUM or DHARWAD would be the best location for it
    Hope Govt opens it eye for the north karnataka region .. I vote for an IIT in Belgaum,Karnataka INDIA

  3. Having IIT in your town is good. Who would not like to have ? However it is a lot of effort , resource wise , money wise and more importantly time wise. I have a parallel Idea. It is following.

    In this connected world as it exisits today ( internet ) and other virtual networks we have developed , we already
    have all the luxury of good things just waiting for us.

    1. MIT/IIT/cornel university / many others have made their lectures/courses live and put on Utube/internet/for free !

    2. Wikibooks are one of the best sources of all that is knowledge/information
    3. Most content generated in iit like BTech reports, Mtech reports, Phd thesis is now available on the
    internet. cant we use this from today ?

    Has anyone thought what happens if one has an IIT come to a town and to the rest of the members in the town ?
    How many localites do you think will join IIT ? for studies or for job or for business ??
    think about this. Try visiting one IIT and its vicinity ( powai in mumbai, haus khas in delhi, jia sarai in kanpur )
    all these places host such ivory towers !

    I would bet on creating awareness about the lectures delivered by iit faculty / MIT faculty that is available free.
    Interestingly the whole of IIT lectures content is for sale i think on DVD and come within Rs. 10 K !
    How about having a server for every city with locally mounted data of the above DVD ? Run a social / relevant forum on it!

    • Belgaum has a good population of engineering students many of them aspire for further studies & to study in IIT especailly for the PG level is the dream of so many aspirants. Even I had about 20 years ago. Many guys dont continue further studies for various reasons; possibly one of the reasons of not having facilities in the city.
      To the locals they will be directly or indirectly associated with the institution in one or the other way. It can create employment, educational tourism, hotel /hostel / accomodation industry would develop. The latter reason is probably a good cause for the development of Belgaum & its people in general.

      Now tell me whats the problem with IIT Mumbai's vicinity?

      I appreciate your idea of web based learning but thats not a substitute.

  4. I feel off when readers can comment lot more on silly matter of linguistic events ,but fail back when articles for city's developmental aspects are published, It is an appeal to all you readers think and consider this platform for Belgaumites add lot value to it by just not commenting, In past Ravikiran AAB reader went on making and online petition for Railway development of Belgaum a well come move indeed, can people come together again for a bigger cause like this ?

  5. It`s a great NEWS but what about the MLA`s n MP`s of our city n District?
    Are they supportive for this?
    And what about the readers of “AAB”?

  6. Moily is playing spoil games out , I respect Sir Mokshagundam. Visvesvaraya and so his birthplace Moily intentions are just political and not out of any respect to the legendary engineer ; , VTU named after him has got hardly any value at Belgaum , firstly quite faroff from the city and VTU Government Tool Room and R & D Center by BOSCH ROXERTH Germany is based in Bangalore and VTU E learning studio is operated from Mysore ,
    Our MLA and MPs should have enough fire in their belly to get the demands and sanctions heeded for Belgaum , and get all those center recloacted to Belgaum I wish IIT would take base in Belgaum soon

  7. Its one of the best proposition set forth, Belgaum would become a Complete Education Hub.
    Good Initative by the people in power, we are with you for this cause. Keep it up Belgaum, let our spirits be high.


  8. It is nice to know that the elected representative is doing something sensible. If the people are to aware of this move the press should do there part!!

  9. nice move by Mr. Abhay Patil. Well Belgaum is known as Education Hub of North Karnataka and its better to make IIT in Bgm and make the complete Education Hub… we are with him… and ready to suport bgms development in any way….

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