We are not land grabbers, clarifies NIE on allegations

The National Institute of Engineering that has been accused of trying to grab 7.2 acre land belonging to Mysore Sandalwood Oil Factory, has clarified that the allegations levelled against the institution were false and baseless.

Reacting to reports, Secretary, National Institute of Engineering Society, S K Lakshminarayana has stated that the institution was not running any kind of lobby to grab the land.

The Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited (KSDL) Employees’ Union general secretary G R Shiva Shankar had recently alleged that the NIE was trying to grab KSDL land to construct an educational institution. “NIE is trying to influence Chief Minister Siddaramaiah through Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy,” he had alleged.

S K Lakshminarayana has said: “In 1963, the then government had given the 7.2 acre land belonging to Mysore Sandalwood Oil Factory to the NIE Educational Institution on a 30-year lease to conduct sports activities. The institution has been requesting for the renewal of the contract since many years.”

“We have clarified that if the government obliges to renew the contract or sell the land to the NIE, we would want to build an international-level playground and we will not utilise the land for any other educational purposes,” he stated.

“NIE is a government-aided institution and is providing high-quality technical education to thousands of students and is ranked top 25 nationally. Among all the engineering and MTech government-aided seats, 95% of the seats are filled according to CET norms where talented students are given priority. The institution does not have any intention of profit making,” he stated.

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