Manish Sisodia, deputy Chief Minister, on Tuesday laid down the foundation stone of second phase of the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-D) and said that the vision of a great society, city or country cannot be realised without the vision of progressive education.

“This foundation stone is not just a foundation stone for this institute but also for the city and the society," said Sisodia here.

He also emphasised the importance of technological innovation and social consciousness in contrast with mere theoretical knowledge.

"I have come to invite all of you as partners in solving the problems of Delhi. I want you all to remember this day not only as one where the foundation stone of the second phase was laid, but also the day where the seeds of social entrepreneurship were sown in you," he said.

Created under the aegis of the Delhi government in June 2008, the IIITD moved into the permanent campus in Okhla Phase-III last year in July and in less than a year they have come up with the second phase.

Pankaj Jalote, director IIITD, said, “research is what will drive innovation in the future."

Kiran Karnik, chairman Board of Governors IIITD, feels, “we are not the biggest institution in Delhi, but we definitely hope to be the best.”

“Not only have we produced great graduates from here, we’ve managed to create entrepreneurs – not just job seekers, but also job creators who are socially aware, conscious and sensitive. We’ve started well – but we still have a long way to go. With the help of the Delhi government and the commencement of Phase II, we hope to achieve our vision.”

At the event, BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri raised the issues related to the government&’s plan to open 500 new schools, which it later reduced to 250.

He said so far only two schools have been opened and added: “We have gathered to lay the foundation of IIIT-D, which has garnered success with the huge effort in quite a little time. I hope we join hands to lay the foundation of our own stone when we get together again to start new schools and colleges soon.”