In the wake of increasing needs for research and teaching at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, the Lecture Hall Complex, backbone for the smart campus, was formally inaugurated by Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani on 29th April 2016. The inaugural ceremony commenced with union HRD Minister laying foundation stone of the Research Park, a hub for world class infrastructure for design and development of advanced technologies in the campus.
Furthermore, she laid the foundation stone of Engineering Blocks and inaugurated the Lecture Hall Complex. She also inaugurated the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan programme on this auspicious occasion. She also appreciated the technical work by students of the institute, working towards the rural development.
As the day progressed, the newly appointed director, Prof V Ramagopal Rao formally welcomed Smt. Smriti Irani in his speech, while also appreciating the various initiatives that the minister has undertaken. The Imprint intiative and the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, as per the director, are important steps in the development of the Indian society which is in a dire need of such programs.
In her speech, the honourable minister also mentioned fee waivers and scholarship programs for female or physically challenged students whose family income is less than a lakh per annum. She also appreciated the Udaan initiative wherein 143 out of the 300 selected female students cracked the Joint Entrance Examination (Mains). She also mentioned that two of the Navodya Vidyalayas which have collaborated with a foundation to prepare students for JEE saw a 100% result. She also applauded the professors who “go beyond their call of duty” while criticising those who do not contribute to a student’s overall development.
As the ceremony came to an end, the institute’s director presented Smt. Smriti Irani with a small token of appreciation as the minister expressed her desire to visit Shivalik and Kailash, two of the hostels at IIT Delhi, for understanding the conditions that the students live in.