Odisha CM clears the University of Corporate Excellence proposal; one of its promoter is Prof. Bala Balachandran

March 31st, 2012

Following is an excerpt from an article in tathya.in.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik taking interest in the proposal of Bala V Balachandran for setting up the University of Corporate Excellence (UoCE) in Odisha, has cleared the same.

… Padmashree Prof. Balachandran, Professor at the Kellogg Institute of Management (KIM), USA is one of the major promoters of UoCE, which will come up with a cost of Rs.500-600 crore.

After setting up the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, along with some like-minded people, he started his Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai. 

And now Prof. Balachandran has joined hands with top experts in the field of education and management to set up UoCE near the Capital City, which will enrol 5060 students in 9 years. 

Accordingly the Chief Minister has cleared the proposal of Infinity Education Foundation (IEF), which will set up UoCE near Khurda.

… Earlier considering the student strength, Chief Secretary headed committee has decided to provide 20 acres of Government land at the premium of market rate in Daspur of Khurda district.

After assessing the progress in future, additional land can be considered for allotment, said an official.

… The University will have School of Technology, School of Management, School of Law, School of Humanities and School of Advanced Studies.

School of Technology will include courses on Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics & Computer Engineering and Bio-Technology.

School of Humanities at foundational level will be preparing the students for corporate disciplines.

School of Advanced Studies will be providing courses for top-end corporate role.

UoCE will have top collaborative universities including Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, IIT, Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management, Harvard Law School, Yale Law School and several others, said sources.

Entry Filed under: University of Corporate Excellence

6 Writeup

  • 1. Prasanna Mishra  |  March 31st, 2012 at 8:04 am

    My good wishes.
    Let this venture promote knowledge.

  • 2. M.A.ALAM  |  April 5th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Excellent news! Hope the project gets completed fast. The new university should also consider opening specialized centres focussed on the needs of the market, something similar to Indo Swiss Training Centre, Chandigarh, Danish Toolroom TRaining Centre, Marine Acqua Culture etc.

  • 3. R. K. Ghosh  |  April 6th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    From the news item, it is not quite clear how UoCE’s academic programmes will be planned. I suspect this to be more like a finishing school. The concept of finishing schools has gained importance, because of the steady declined in the standards of the conventional universities. Most of the traditional universities today have been reduced to degree disbursement counters. However, my apprehension is that UoCE is probably work more like outsourcing agency for big corporates rather than a university where students will be allowed to enroll for training in their private capacity. I am not sure if this a good trend. Specially how much value addition will it do to a state’s HRD.

  • 4. Chitta Baral  |  April 6th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    An earlier news item at http://www.orissalinks.com/archives/6045 says: “The University will have School of Technology, School of Business, School of Law and School of Advanced Studies.”

  • 5. Tarini Biswal  |  April 7th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I hope sufficient care has been taken to give the needy students financial support. Further, there should be some seats reserved for natives of Odisha. Else we would just add to the count of capitalist institutions exploiting relaxations by the government to serve the “haves”. Growth and development is welcome but it has to be equitable and inclusive.

  • 6. CA RAJA NARAYAN TRIPATHY  |  September 10th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Great Job Prof. Chitta Baral for updating all of us……………


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