PATNA: The Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) campus at Bodh Gaya would be ready by 2019, state tourism minister Pramod Kumar said on Tuesday. The centre’s estimated cost is Rs50 crore.
The minister said the state government was also working on plans to set up a centre of Indian Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM).
He said the IITTM campus was supposed to start functioning by July 2016, but it would take admissions from the next academic session. “We have finalized the outlay plan of the building and forwarded it to the Union ministry for approval. A large number of courses related to tourism will be offered in the institute, which is to come up on a 3.99 acre plot,” he said at a press conference.
“We received Rs50 crore from the Union ministry of tourism for the IITTM. It will offer all the modern facilities to the students so as to make it the best centre in the country,” he said.
The Bodh Gaya centre will be the sixth IITTM in India. The other five are in Bhubaneswar, Gwalior, Noida, Nellore and Goa.
The minister also highlighted the funds and other support provided by the Narendra Modi government to Bihar for promoting tourism sector. “The Centre sanctioned Rs600 crore for the promotion of Bihar tourism. We have developed various tourist sites, including Mandar Hill, Patna Sahib, Gandhi circuit (Motihari, Chandrahiya and Hazarimal Dharamshala) and Jain circuit (Pawapuri and Rajgir) from this amount,” he said.
“We have sent to the Union tourism ministry for approval a detailed project report for the development of Buddhist and Ramayana circuits. Work will start immediately after the approval,” the minister said.