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BJP falsely taking credit for IIT Badsa: Deepender Hooda

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: Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Haryana Deepender Hooda on Tuesday asked the BJP-led government in the state to apologise to the people of Haryana “for stalling the work of the approved Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Badsa for eight years,” saying that the ruling party was falsely taking credit for the academic institute.

In a statement, Deepender said that the BJP government has hurt the interests of the youth by putting big education sector projects on the backburner.

“For merely claiming credit, the state government is talking about approving the already approved IIT Delhi’s Centre of Excellence in Badsa,” he said.

Deepender said that as the only elected member of the council of IITs, it was on his initiative that two Centres of Excellence of IIT Delhi in Haryana were approved in the 42nd meeting of the IIT Advisory Council on November 1, 2011.

“One of these was proposed at Badsa, Jhajjar and the other at Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Sonepat. The foundation stone of both the campuses was laid on December 21, 2013 in my presence as an elected member of Council of IIT’s, former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the then Human Resource Development Minister Pallam Raju,’’ he said.

Deepender said that even after eight years, the BJP government could not even install a brick in the Badsa IIT Delhi campus. “I have been continuously trying to get its work completed at every level. On April 6, 2018, I personally met the then Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Dr. Satyapal Singh and requested him to complete the IITs’ work expeditiously. On July 17, 2018, he told in writing that the land has not yet been handed over to IIT Delhi by the Haryana government due to which the work could not start,” he said.

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