IIT Bombay, which will mentor the Goa institute, has said that IIT Goa will now become operational from 2016-17, subject to the site for the permanent campus being approved by the HRD ministry.
TOI had reported in April that Union HRD minister Smriti Irani had written to Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar expressing her unhappiness about the state dragging its heels over the identification of land for a permanent campus for IIT Goa.
The state government had proposed to start IIT Goa temporarily from the Goa Engineering College campus at Farmagudi in Ponda taluka in North Goa. But Irani had intimated the Goa CM that permission to start the new IIT will not be granted until adequate land is identified.
"The newly-announced Indian Institute of Technology in Goa will not be able to admit students for the 2015-16 academic session. Considering that the seat allocation process for admission to IITs is to commence shortly and the site for the permanent campus has not been finalized as yet, the government (at the Centre) has decided that the first academic session of IIT Goa will now commence from 2016-17," the IIT Bombay release of Saturday states.