IIM Sambalpur (old title -For Prospective IIM Bhubaneswar students)

Update on August 22, 2015: IIM Indore has made a tentative web page for IIM Sambalpur.

Update on June 24, 2015: The Indian Cabinet has finalized Sambalpur as one of the 6 new IIMs. On other fronts: (i) the state government has proposed the center to upgrade VSSUT Burla to an IIEST and there are pronouncements by a central minister that the central government is positively inclined, and (ii) the upgradation of GM College to an university is progressing well (its new web page is functional and advertisement for admission to GM University has come out).

Update on March 2, 2015: With center inclined to relax some of the conditions on IIM locations that it apparently had suggested earlier, the state government has now recommended Sambalpur as the location for IIM. Sambalpur is the second largest knowledge hub of Odisha with 3 existing state universities and two new ones in works. The existing universities in Sambalpur are: Sambalpur University, Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Veer Surandra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences. The two new planned ones are the upgradation of GM College to a unitary university and an Open University.

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Since it will take some time before IIM Bhubaneswar has its own web page prospective IIM Bhubaneswar students may check the following pages for why they should chose IIM Bhubaneswar and Bhubaneswar. We will try to add some links and information there.

  • IIM Bhubaneswar link 1.
  • IIM Bhubaneswar link 2.
  • Bhubaneswar – a hub of and for Knowledge institutions and companies.

    February 1st, 2015

  • IIMs will be allowed to open centers inside and outside the country

    Following is from http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=66338.

    A meeting was held today under the Chairmanship of Human Resources Minister, Shri Kapil Sibal with the Chairpersons and Directors of IIMS on the future vision of the IIMs and the necessary steps to be taken to achieve them. Shri Sibal informed the members that in the last one and half year a number of steps have been taken by the Ministry to provide autonomy to the IIMs. Some of these include full powers to the Boards of IIMs to create posts within the approved norms, freedom to open centres in India and abroad, amend Rules of the IIM within the framework of Memorandum of Association and Rules, power to acquire and dispose property not fully or partially funded by the Ministry of HRD, powers to approve their own Budget, and also to manage the funds generated by the IIMs on their own. However, he said that autonomy should go hand in hand with accountability; in that the faculty, the director and the Board should take steps to prepare annual action plans and key performance indicators at each level and be fully accountable and transparent. 

    The meeting considered the reports of Committees constituted in the last meeting in Bangalore on certain key issues. Discussions were held on the report of the Committee constituted to recommend a new Governance Structure for IIMs (chaired by Shri R.C. Bhargav, Chairman BOG- IIM, Ranchi). It was decided that the number of Board Members of IIMs would be reduced to 14. It also discussed the composition and selection of the Boards of governors with adequate membership to the Society of the IIM, the government, the faculty and the alumni. It was also decided that the IIM societies should have long term members who take continuous interest in the running of the IIMs. It was also decided, in principle, that Directors of IIMs will now be appointed through a process wherein the Board of Governors of the IIMs suggests three names to the Government from which the Government chooses one. 

    On the second report of the Committee on Faculty and Research at the IIMs, chaired by Shri Ajit Balakrishnan, Chairman, IIM, Calcutta. It was decided that the IIMs can top up the salaries of their Directors also in addition to the Faculty from the funds generated by them on their own. It was also decided that the Faculty members would give individual work plans at the start of the year. The recommendations of the Committee regarding use of technology in IIMs were accepted and the Minister directed that old and new IIMs sit together to streamline the use of technology for class scheduling, attendance, mark compilation etc. 

    On the recommendations of the Committee on Fund Raising by IIMs (chaired by Shri Hari S. Bhatia, Chairman of IIM, Raipur), it was decided that the IIMs have a development office especially for the purpose, each IIM have a fund raising policy and thereafter to have road shows. A two-day workshop will be conducted on the subject of collecting endowments for institutes. 

    MV/GK


     The Odisha government should pursue with IIM Calcutta for a branch in Odisha.

    28 comments October 13th, 2010

    IIM gets traded for an additional central university in J & K

    The March 28th 2008 PIB mentioned a central university and an IIM for J & K. But the Jammu and Kashmir valley area both wanted a central university. The solution that MHRD came up with is as described in the following PIB release

    In view of the special status of State of Jammu and Kashmir, which has separate regions with distinct geographical, social, cultural and ethnic characteristics, the Central Government has decided to establish, as a special dispensation, two appropriate Central Universities in the State – one in Jammu region and another in the Kashmir Valley. It is expected that this will meet the regional aspirations in the State. The Government proposes to undertake appropriate legislative measures in this regard shortly. 

    The two Central Universities will have instructional and research facilities in emerging branches of learning like information technology, biotechnology, nanosciences, etc., setting exemplary standards of education for the other universities in the State to emulate. 

    However, in view of the constraints of resources and greater demand for a second Central University in Jammu and Kashmir State, it has been decided to drop the proposal for the establishment of an Indian Institute of Management in Jammu and Kashmir and instead use the savings for the establishment of a second appropriate Central University in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. 

    Budgetwise a central university (at 300 crores) is about 40% more expensive than an IIM (at about 210 crores).

    Since Goa university opted out of becoming a central university and a new IIM was added to Rajasthan, the total number of new IIMs and Central Universities remains the same as announced in the March 28th PIB. (Of course, for now, Goa will not have a central university. Rajasthan was a lucky gainer because of a typo in the finance minister’s announcement. But they are delaying things by not adhering to MHRD hints with respect to their IIT location.)

    A similar action that MHRD took was to reduce its number of new NITs to 9 so as to accommodate the proposed ABA Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering & Technology


    It seems MHRD is taking great pains to keep its budget and number of institutions as decided during the 11th plan deliberations. Perhaps because of that Orissa CM did not pursue an IGNTU campus with MHRD and raised the issue of a tribal university with the Minister of Tribal affairs. I think one has to wait till the 12th plan for any new additions (beyond what is mentioned in the 11th plan) regarding central institutions through MHRD. (There may be more flexibility in other ministries. For example, the AIIMS-like institutions budgets have been increasing. But by the time they start running the 12th plan period will be on.)

    This means if Orissa wants an IIM before the 12th plan, it has to go after an existing IIM and make a deal with them, similar to what Andhra Pradesh did with IIM Ahmedabad.

    2 comments September 25th, 2009

    How Orissa can get an IIM?

    Recently there was some news reports regarding 7 new IIMs. This resulted in reactions from various circles in Orissa, including the CM. The CM shot off a letter to the PM. As per a report in Times of India:

    In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Naveen protested the Union government’s decision to ignore Orissa’s "repeated demands" for an IIM.

    The Biju Youth Janata Dal has threatened a stir. As per a report in ExpressIndia.com:

    The Biju Yuva Janata Dal (BYJD) has threatened to launch a State-wide agitation if the Centre does not consider the State Government’s demand for the establishment of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Orissa.

    Even the Oriass Pradesh Congress Committee has chimed in. As per another report in Expressindia.com:

    However, the Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has demanded establishment of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in the State.A memorandum was submitted to Sibal by the OPCC at the Congress Bhavan here today.

    The memorandum maintained that as Orissa is witnessing rapid industrialisation, the necessity for setting up an IIM is increasingly felt.Stating that such an institute will accelerate the economic development and consolidate the quality of human resources development in Orissa, OPCC requested the Minister to announce an additional IIM for the State along with the seven announced by the Centre.

    Besides, OPCC demanded establishment of one national tribal university on the lines of Indira Gandhi Tribal University at Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh in view of the heavy concentration of tribal population and their economic backwardness.

    In a sense this is a good development as this shows that the politicians in Orissa are now aware of the importance of Orissa getting its share of centrally funded institutions. However, their knowledge is half-baked. The news they are reacting to is not a new announcement. On March 28, 2008 when an IIT and 2 central universities for Orissa was announced, there were announcements of new IIMs. At that time it was made clear that the new IITs and IIMs were announced in different states. So based on that, Orissa has nothing to complain about. It got an IIT instead of an IIM. An IIT costs 4 times than that of an IIM and can have its own management school.

    It would be good to have an IIM in Orissa. But now the central govt. is stretched to implement the new IITs, IIMs and central universities it has announced for the 11th plan. So it is very unlikely that they will make any commitments for a new IIM. (The IIM in Rajasthan was a recent addition to the list announced on March 28, 2008. It was because of a typo in the speech of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee; but the govt. decided to honor his speech.)

    What Orissa can do is follow the path of Andhra Pradesh which made a deal with IIM Ahmedabad for a campus in Hyderabad. Orissa can approach one of the other IIMs and make a similar deal for an IIM in Orissa. Because of the proximity, IIM Calcutta would be a good candidate. For now that is the best path. In addition, it should be ready to push hard for an IIM when the 12th plan documents are made.

    Finally, what Orissa should be really doing is to focus on the 11th plan documents and budgets and make sure it gets its fair share. For example, the 11th plan document mentions that 5 of the new central universities will have a medical and engineering college during the 11th plan. Orissa should push Central University of Orissa, Koraput to be one of those 5 universities.

    16 comments August 31st, 2009

    IIM-Ahmedabad Campus to come up in Hydearbad; Orissa should pursue an IIM Calcutta campus in Orissa

    Following is an excerpt from a report in Times of India.

    “The decision to set up IIM-A campus in Hyderabad was taken at a meeting between the board of governors of the institute and state government officials in Ahmedabad recently. The top management institution has now set up a committee to work out further modalities,” state government sources told STOI. Dons in IIM-A confirmed the development to STOI.

    The move is said to be highly symbiotic. The 110-acre IIM-A campus is virtually saturated and there is no scope of any further expansion. “The AP government has offered nearly 150 acres of land virtually free of cost or at a nominal amount of Rs one per acre as well as a grant of Rs 100 crore. The seamless campus at Hyderabad would be bigger than the Ahmedabad location and have ultra-modern facilities,” the official said.

    According to sources, IIM-A can benefit immensely by having an extension in Hyderabad. “The PGDM — commonly called MBA-course is the brand-building one, but not revenue earning. The institute can generate money only through short-term executive courses and the IT, biotechnology and infrastructure hub that Hyderabad is would attract many to join up,” sources said.

    According to sources, reputed faculty from abroad are keen to join the institute and would be motivated by the access that the Hyderabad international airport would provide for them. “IIM-A is the top management institution in the country and Hyderabad is the hub of the emerging economy. Both will tremendously benefit with the setting up of the seamless campus,” officials said.

    The YSR Reddy government thought of the seamless IIM-A campus after the Centre made it clear that a new IIM cannot be granted for Hyderabad since it already has an IIT. “And there is no provision for an IIM for Andhra Pradesh in the 12th Five-Year Plan (2013-18) as well. A seamless IIM-A campus would be an extension of the one at Ahmedabad and not another new campus. This way, the Union HRD ministry will also have no objection as it need not give any financial assistance,” said sources.

    According to the sources, the IIM-A board of governors were highly appreciative of the facilities that were being offered by the state government for the growth and expansion of the institution. “Their efforts in the last few years to grow including opening a campus in Mumbai came a cropper. Besides, former HRD minister Arjun Singh shot down all the expansion plans of the IIMs. Therefore, the offer from the AP government was welcomed with open arms by IIM-A authorities,” officials said.

    Apart from the flagship PGDM course, the seamless campus in Hyderabad would offer a slew of new ones as well as optional courses that the student from Ahmedabad can enlist for a short-term, the sources said.

    … The committee set up by the IIM-A authorities is expected to submit its proposals shortly to the board of governors after which the institute will seek a formal approval from the Union HRD ministry.

    Orissa should pursue a similar deal with IIM Calcutta for a campus in Orissa.

    3 comments August 2nd, 2009

    Rajasthan uses a balanced approach in choosing locations for its national institutions

    Update on 27th April 2011: The Central University location has been changed to Bander Sindri near Ajmer and only 80 kms from Jaipur. The Innovation University (previsouly referred to as National University) aiming for world class is now pushed for Jaipur. [Times of India]


    The panel set up by the CM of Rajsthan has picked the following places to recommend to the central government for the various national institutes and universities coming up in Rajasthan. (From a Times of India report and another Times of India report)

    • IIT : Jodhpur
    • IIM: Udaipur
    • National University aiming for world-class: Ajmer 
    • Central university: Bikaner.

    The committee also recommended:

    • a "futuristic" heritage conservation and museology centre in Jaipur
    • an institute of Food Technology in Hadoti region of Kota

    Currently the following national institutions exisit or are being made in the following places in Rajasthan:

    • NIT: Jaipur
    • LNMIT (private but top-notch): Jaipur
    • National law School: Jodhpur
    • AIIMS-like institution (being made): Jodhpur

    The institutions are nicely distributed between various cities of Rajsthan, although people of Jaipur and Kota are not happy. The population of these locations are:

    • Jaipur (World Gazetteer 2009): 3.1 million (has inetrnational air connectivity)
    • Jodhpur (World Gazetteer 2009): 988K  – (332 kms from Jaipur; has air connectivity)
    • Udaipur (World Gazetteer 2009): 457K – (400 kms from Jaipur; has air connectivity)
    • Ajmer (World Gazetteer 2009):  604.7K – (131 kms from Jaipur)
    • Bikaner (World Gazetteer 2009): 624.6K – (321 kms from Jaipur)
    • Kota (World Gazetteer 2009): 823 K (242 kms from Jaipur)

    In contrast in Orissa the distribution of national institutions are more Bhubaneswar centric. Following is the status:

    • IIT: Bhubaneswar
    • NISER: Bhubaneswar
    • AIIMS-like (being made) : Bhubaneswar
    • National Law University: Cuttack (part of Bhubaneswar metroplex)
    • IIIT (state-funded) : Bhubaneswar
    • National University aiming to be world class: Bhubaneswar
    • Vedanta University (private): Puri
    • NIT: Rourkela
    • Central University: Koraput
    • IIIT (centrally funded): state wants it in Berhampur; center has identified as Bhubaneswar

    Unfortunately, one of the reason given behind the above selection is the lack of connectivity and the size of places. Following is some information on that.

    • Bhubaneswar (World Gazetteer 2009): 1.67 million  (has airport but no inetrnational connectivity)
    • Rourkela (World Gazetteer 2009): 551 K  (no air connections) – 334 kms from Bhubaneswar
    • Berhampur (World Gazetteer 2009): 403 K (no air connections) – 160 kms from Bhubaneswar
    • Koraput-Jeypore-Sunabeda: 200K+ (no air connections) – 499 kms from bhubaneswar
    • Puri (World Gazetteer 2009): 185K – 60 kms from Bhubaneswar 
    • Sambalpur (World Gazetteer 2009): 258 K (no air connections)  – 321 kms from Bhubaneswar
    • Jharsuguda-Belpahar-Brajarajnagar: 200 K (no air connections) – 374 kms from Bhubaneswar; 50 kms from Sambalpur

    For the future, following are some of the steps that Orissa government needs to urgently take regarding developing more larger urban areas and having the national institutions more evenly distributed:

    • Make sure the centrally funded IIIT is established in Berhampur
    • Establish functioing airports in Jharsuguda, Rourkela and Koraput at the earliest
    • Push for international flights to Bhubaneswar
    • Push for upgradation of UCE Burla (Sambalpur area) to an IIEST (Indian Institute of Engineering Science & Technology)
    • Push for the establishment of a branch of IGNTU (Indira Gandhi National Tribal University) in Phulbani
    • Push for the establishment of IIM outside of the Bhubaneswar area
    • Push for the establishment of a centrally funded KBK Inst of Engineering and Technology (along the lines of SLIET and ABAGKIET) in Kalahandi or Balangir.
    • Push for upgrading another medical college (Berhampur or Sambalpur) to AIIMS level.
    • Push for establishing NID in a location outside of Bhubaneswar
    • Push for establishing NIPER in a location outside of Bhubaneswar
    • Push for a BITS Pilani campus in a location outside of Bhubaneswar

    9 comments June 12th, 2009

    Eleventh Plan HRD distribution across states

    Following is excerpted and corrected from http://darpg.nic.in/arpg-website/ChiefSectConf/PPT/HRD.ppt. (See also http://www.orissalinks.com/?p=1043.)

    Eleventh Plan HRD distribution across states
    State Higher and Technical institutes in the 11th Plan Educationally backward districts Districts not having any polytechnic
    Jammu & Kashmir  IIM, CU  11  18
    Punjab  IIT, IISER, CU, WCCU  13  0
     Haryana  IIM, CU  7  0
     Himachal Pradesh  IIT, CU  4  5
     NCT of Delhi  South Asian University under SAARC likely to come up  0  3
     Uttar Pradesh  IIT, WCCU  39  13
     Uttarakhand  IIM, CU  2  0
     Rajasthan  IIT, NIT, CU, WCCU  30  1
     Gujarat  IIT, CU, WCCU  20  4
     Maharashtra  IISER, WCCU  7  4
     Madhya Pradesh  IISER, SPA, 2 CU (including IGNTU), WCCU, IIT  39  12
     Chhatisgarh  IIM, CU  15  9
     Goa  CU  0  0
     Dadra & NH  –  3  0
     Andhra Pradesh  IIT, WCCU, SPA  11  0
     Karnataka  CU, WCCU  21  0
     Tamil Nadu  IIM, CU, WCCU  27  0
     Kerala  IISER, CU, WCCU, NIT (IIEST)  20  0
     Pudducherry  –  1  0
     Andaman & Nicober  –  2  2
     Laksadweep  –  1  0
     Bihar  IIT, CU, WCCU  25  27
     Jharkhand  IIM, CU  12  11
     Orissa NISER*,  IIT, CU, WCCU
     18  11
     West Bengal  IISER, WCCU, NIT (IIEST)  17  2
     Assam  WCCU  12  13
     Meghalaya  IIM  5  4
     Mizoram  –  7  6
     Manipur  –  0  2
     Tripura  –  2  3
     Nagaland  –  1  8
     Arunachal Pradesh  –  12  14
     Sikkim  –  4  2
    TOTAL 9 IITs, 5 IISERs, 16 CUs, 14 WCCUs, 3 NITs, 1 NISER, 2 SPAs, 7 IIMs  388  174

     * Not funded by MHRD.

     So Orissa could get 18 colleges (in 18 districts) and 11 polytechnics. Each of these colleges would be supported by GOI by upto Rs. 2.5 Crore or one-third cost with the balance being met by the State Government or Private participation.

    May 15th, 2008

    IIT and politics: Editorial in Samaja

    1 comment February 6th, 2008

    Rajasthan asks its IIT to be in Kota; Bathinda in Punjab expects an IIT or an IIM

    Following is an excerpt from a report in Financial express.

    The Rajasthan Government has asked the Centre to set up an Indian Institute of Technology in Kota, Industry Minister Digamber Singh has said.

    At a function yesterday, Singh said "a letter has already been sent to the Centre by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje asking it to set up an IIT at Kota."

    He claimed Kota was the most ideal place for setting up such an institute in Rajasthan because it had already become a hub for technical education in northern India.

     Following is an excerpt from a report in 24-7pressrelease.com.

    The Centre has also been approached to issue No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the two civil airports in the State at Bhisiana in Bathinda and Sahnewal near Ludhiana. An IIT or IIM is also proposed to be set up in the city. With the emergence of all these fast-paced developmental activities, Bathinda is fast emerging on the Real Estate Map of India and one of the most sought after land in Punjab.

    5 comments February 4th, 2008

    Arjun Singh on Devious mode: Tathya.in

    Following is  from http://tathya.in/.

    It has been proved time and again that Arjun Singh has no love for Orissa.

    The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister has always been unkind to the state, which is lagging behind on education front among other states.

    And he is nicely talking to Naveen Patnaik and made him feel that the Centre is all out for Orissa to dole out largesse.

    Chief Minister Mr.Patnaik and HRD Minister Mr.Singh had a meeting on 24 January at New Delhi.

    Mark the words of Mr.Singh:

    Orissa had a very good case for setting up a Central University in the KBK region.

    There are strong possibilities of setting up of an IIT or IIM in Orissa in view of industrial growth.

    Chief Minister returned happy and took no time to issue the Press Release.

    But insiders in the MHRD and educationists are reading between the lines.

    There are two types of Central Universities (CU).

    One is regular CU of which 16 are to be set up in 11th plan with an investment of Rs.300 crore each.

    Another World Class Central University (WCCU) of which 14 are to be established during next 5 years with an investment of Rs.1000 crore each.

    Mr.Singh is hinting towards the regular CU in KBK with an investment of Rs.300 crore.

    But Orissa deserves a WCCU in coastal Orissa and CU in KBK or vice versa as the level of investment in higher education in Orissa is much below than the other major states like Maharastra and Madhya Pradesh.

    Similarly Mr.Singh said Orissa deserves an IIT or IIM.

    But the state is demanding IIT, IIM and IIIT for last so many years and the Minister HRD is playing hide and sick game over the establishment of these institutions.

    In order to establish an IIT, MHRD spends Rs.1000 crore and for an IIM it provides Rs.150-200 crore.

    To be very frank, Mr.Singh is fooling the state so far setting up the higher institutions of learning in the state, alleged a senior mandarin.

    And the pathetic part of the story is we believe him, which will end up in receiving pea nuts in the name of largesse of Centre, cautioned … Professor Chitta Baral of Arizona State University.

    So the State Government must come out with Vision Document for the Centres of Higher Learning including a WCCU, Cu-KBK, IIT, IIM and IIIT in the state, said Dhirendra Kar, a leading NRO.

    These demands to be harped time and again with the UPA Government till it is achieved, said he.

    January 25th, 2008

    Orissa govt’s press release on the CM meeting the HRD minister; CM’s earlier letter to the PM

    Following is from http://rc.orissa.gov.in/index3.asp?linkid=30&sublinkid=320.

    Shri Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Orissa met the Union Minister, Human Resource Development Shri Arjun Singh today and requested for setting up of a Greenfield IIT in Orissa during the 11th Five Year Plan period. Since Orissa is on the verge of rapid industrial upsurge not only in the industrial sector but also in technical education sector, the state provides enormous potential for research and development activities. Establishment of an IIT in Orissa will greatly facilitate in intensifying this process, which is of critical importance to make the industry globally competitive. Further, the Chief Minister urged the Union Minister, Human Resource Development for establishment of a Greenfield Indian Institute of Management in Orissa. Given the current industrial boom in Orissa, it is necessary to bring in professional culture and management. The IIT shall be the incubation centre for quality managerial professionals required for the various sectors of the economy.

    The Chief Minister also demanded for setting up of a Central University in the KBK region which could educate the youth in traditional and modern disciplines. Since the quality of human resource holds the key to the development of any region, there is an urgent need to set up a top class multi-disciplinary Central University in the KBK Region covering disciplines such as basic sciences, humanities, law, medicine, agriculture, horticulture etc. Besides, the Central University in KBK would also indirectly help in combating left wing extremism in the region.

    The Union Minister, HRD indicated that Orissa has a very good case for setting up of a Central University in the KBK region. He added that there is a strong possibility of setting up of an IIT / IIM at Orissa because of the unprecedented industrial growth witnessed by the State. He indicated that decision in this regard will be taken by the Union Government soon.

    Comments: There is a big difference between an IIT and an IIM in terms of investment and budgets.

    The 7 IITs had a budget of 683.5 crores in 2006-07 and a budget of 1553.70 crores (taking into account the expansion plan) for 2007-08 while the 6 IIMs had a budget of 74 crores in 2006-07 and a budget of 144 crores for 2007-08.

    The new IITs are to be made at a cost of 1000 crores each (over a period of 5-7 years) while each IIM will cost 100-150 crore. ( http://www.livemint.com/Articles/2007/09/03002345/IIMK8217s-past-still-point.html)

    So we must watch out and make sure that Mr. Arjun Singh and the UPA govt. at the center does not try to cheat Orissa by giving only an IIM.

    The state’s first demand is an IIT and only then an IIM. The CM has categorically stated that in his last letter to the PM. (See below)

    If Orissa is given only one of them then it is an IIT that has to be given. Otherwise, it will be the UPA govt. and Arjun Singh cheating Orissa.

    (Prior to this the CM also wrote to PM in May 2007 and January 31st 2007. The CM also met Arjun Singh on October 24 2005 (press release) on KBK Central University, on September 29 2006 on IIT Kharagpur branch campus and around May 16th 2007 on a greenfield IIT. So this was hist 4th meeting with Arjun Singh on IIT and KBK Central University issues.)

    January 24th, 2008

    CM meets HRD Minister Arjun Singh on IIT, IIM and KBK Central University

    Update: Also covered in other papers (Statesman, Pioneeer, New Indian Express, Pragativadi, etc.) and sites such as odisha.in.

    The first report has come out in Kalinga Times. Following is an excerpt.

    Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh on Wednesday assured that the Centre would soon take a decision on Orissa government’s demand for the setting up higher institutions of learning in the State.

    Orissa had a very good case for setting up of a Central University in the KBK region, Singh indicated when Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik called on him in New Delhi.

    Singh also said that there was a strong possibility of setting up of an IIT/IIM in Orissa in view of the industrial growth being witnessed in the State, according to an official release.

    Patnaik demanded for the setting up of an IIT, an IIM and a multi-disciplinary Central university in the KBK region in view of the current industrial boom in the State. An IIT should be established in the State during the 11th Five Year Plan period, he said.

    Samaja’ coverage on this is as follows:

    January 23rd, 2008

    IIM Shillong to start classes in June 2008

    Following is an excerpt from a news report in Telegraph.

    The seventh Indian Institute of Management will begin its first academic session next June on a temporary campus in Shillong that previously housed the North Eastern Hill University.

    Union human resource development minister Arjun Singh will lay the foundation stone of the permanent campus of the IIM, named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, tomorrow.

    Chief minister D.D. Lapang and Union minister for tribal affairs P.R. Kyndiah will be present at the ceremony.

    “While construction of the permanent structure is going on, the institute will start functioning at the Mayurbhanj complex in Nongthymmai,” Rathindra Nath Datta, ex-chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (India), who has been appointed the chairman of the board of governors of the institute, said.

    The Meghalaya government has provided 120 acres of land free of cost in the new satellite township of Mawdiangdiang, 20km from Shillong, for the permanent campus.

    The institute will get a grant of Rs 120 crore for non-recurring expenditure over five years and Rs 45 crore for recurring expenditure over six years.

    Ashok Kumar Dutta, who is at present the director of Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management in Calcutta, is the frontrunner for the post of IIM director.

    A post-graduate diploma course in business management will begin in June with an annual intake of 60 students in the first two years. This will be doubled in the third year and increased by another 60 in the sixth.

    December 1st, 2007


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