BHUBANESWAR: The International Institute of Information Technology, Bhubaneswar (IIITB), a premier institute for information technology (IT) education, would expand its activities to the areas of incubation and entrepreneurship in coming years.
The decision was taken during the board of governors meeting of the institute held at the state secretariat headed by chief secretary A P Padhi.
The decision was taken in view of the Odisha start-up policy that aims to set up at least 1000 start-ups to place Odisha to be amongst the top three startup hubs by 2020.
It was also decided that the institute would also work as software and website security auditor of various state government departments. The chief secretary directed the institute to do the security audit regularly at least twice a year and protect the websites from possible hacking, said an official statement.
According to sources, the institute would prepare a road map within next six months for more academic and research activities in IT sector in consultation with some external agencies, professional bodies and other renowned IT-education institutes.
The institute, set up in 2006, offers B Tech programme in five disciplines with intake capacity of 300 per batch, M Tech programme in two disciplines with intake capacity of 43 students per batch and PhD programmes for 15 students. More than 1300 students passed outs from the institute so far. “It has achieved 100 per cent placement,” said an officer after the meeting.
IT innovator and chairman of Odisha Skill Development Authority, Subroto Bagchi, who was also present in the meeting advised the institute management to scale up its activities to occupy a position in the world of technology through by facilitating better research programmes. Bagchi also emphasized on developing the campus and ecosystem to a place of pride so that IT champions and world luminaries would take a interest to visit the campus.