NEW DELHI: Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University is going to get a brand new, state-of-the-art campus in West Delhi. The 60-acre campus equipped with all modern facilities and features like auditoria, community centres, rainwater-harvesting system, solar energy utilisation system and a shopping centre will come up in Sector 10 of Dwarka. Institute of Information Technology The University has also decided to set up an “industry-driven” Institute of Information Technology at Surajmal Vihar in East Delhi. “The land is in our possession. All necessary approvals for the campus are in place. The work has also been allotted. By 2008 we expect all work to be completed and we would be ready to move in,” Vice-Chancellor K. K. Aggarwal told The Hindu The University at present is functioning from its 16-acre campus at Kashmere Gate. The new campus will have 12 earthquake-resistant academic buildings, six multi-storey hostels each for boys and girls and a residential complex for teaching as well as non-teaching staff. “We want interaction between students to go beyond their classrooms. So there will be a lot of vehicular-free interaction places and academic hubs for them on the new campus. We want the research ambience to thrive and that is one reason why we have allotted space for our teaching staff on the campus so that they can work till late at night,” said Prof. Aggarwal. Talking about the University’s new institution that will come up in East Delhi, he said: “We have acquired 19 acres for this autonomous institute and construction is likely to start very soon. It will be modelled on the lines of the Indian Institutes of Information Technology in Bangalore and Hyderabad and will provide research and development facilities of international standards.” Talks with NASSCOM The University is at present holding talks with the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) and wants the organisation to “practically run the institute”. “Six to seven industry groups will be part of the management of the institute. Thus students will learn what the industry wants them to. This will increase their employability in the market,” added Prof. Aggarwal.