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IIT Bhubaneswar to start classes this year in mechanical, electrical and civil engineering

Following is an excerpt from a report in

The proposed IITs and their mentor institutions are IIT Gujarat/Gandhinagar (IIT Bombay), Punjab (IIT Delhi), Patna (IIT Guwahati), Rajasthan (IIT Kanpur), Bhubaneswar (IIT Kharagpur), and Hyderabad (IIT Madras). While all will offer electrical and mechanical engineering, IIT Gandhinagar will offer chemical engineering, IIT Bhubaneswar will offer civil engineering, and the rest will offer computer science and engineering.

“The curriculum, syllabus, fee structure and other rules for the new IITs will broadly remain the same as in the respective mentor IITs,” the IIT-B official said.

The first-year classes for IIT Punjab, Rajasthan, and Bhubaneswar will be conducted at the campuses of the mentor IITs. The students will be shifted to the respective locations in the second year. Classes for the other new IITs will be conducted in the cities where the IITs are being located.

5 comments May 31st, 2008

IIT Orissa, Gujarat and Punjab likely to admit students this year

Update: A report in Telegraph has a more detailed story on how this happened.

Following is an excerpt from a report in Hindu.

“Consequent to the government of India issuing notification for the setting up of eight new IITs in the 11th Plan, admissions to three more new IITs in Punjab, Gujarat and Orissa, other than at Hyderabad, Patna and Rajasthan, for the academic session 2008-09 are likely to be made through JEE-2008,” said an official release.

… Counselling for admission begins on June 17 for the declared All-India rank holders. Courses allocated to the successful candidates will be declared on June 30.

“An extended merit list has also been drawn to facilitate admission to other government institutions. Students on the list might be counselled by the Indian Institute of Space-Science Technology, Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research and Rajeev Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology. The Indian Institute of Maritime Studies also offers admission based on JEE-2008 results,” said the release.

May 31st, 2008

IIT JEE 2008: What branch can I get with my rank?

The following is copied from There is no guarantee but it should give you some idea about what branches you may be able to get. Please note that this year at least 3 (Hyderabad, Patna and Rajasthan) and perhaps even 6 (+ Orissa, Gujarat and Punjab) new IITs may come to play. The opening and closing ranks of 2006 is available in the IIT JEE Counseling brochure of 2007 at

Continue Reading 10 comments May 30th, 2008

Details of NISER Bhubaneswar interview for admission

Following is from

Call for interview for admission to

National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER)

(Academic Session 2008-09)

The list of candidates short-listed on the basis of performance in NEST-2008 held on April 20, 2008 and called for interview is available HERE.

The interview will be held during 23 – 27 June, 2008 at :

Institute of Physics
Sachivalaya Marg, Bhubaneswar – 751005
(0674) – 2301825 / 2301823 / 2301058

Candidates should report at the above address at 8.00 a.m. on the day of the interview. The interview will be held throughout the day. The interview of a candidate may be held anytime between 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. on that day. Outstation candidates should make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. SC/ST and PD (Persons with Disability) candidates will be entitled to travel allowance (second class train fare/bus fare from place of residence to Bhubaneswar and back, by the shortest route) as per the institute norms.

Candidates are required to bring with them at the time of interview the following documents in original :

  • Class X and Class XII mark sheets.
  • Proof of date of birth.
  • Caste/tribe certificate issued by a competent authority (in case of SC/ST students).
  • OBC certificate and undertaking (in case of OBC candidates in the non-creamy layer)

In case of non-availability of class XII mark sheet in original, the candidate will have to give an undertaking to that effect. In case of candidates in the PD category, a Medical Officer appointed by the Institute for the purpose will certify whether a candidate qualifies to be under that category. Format of OBC certificate and undertaking can be seen HERE.

In case of any problem, please send e-mail to

May 30th, 2008

Provision for free nursing education for SC/ST students in Orissa: Sambada

2 comments May 30th, 2008

Plus two toppers (top twenty ranks) of Orissa board in 2008: Samaja

2 comments May 30th, 2008

Six new IITs (including the one in Orissa) to start classes this year

Following is an excerpt from a report in

The Union ministry of human resources development, it is learnt, has given the nod to another three IITs to begin functioning from 2008-09. These are the IITs which are to be located in Orissa, Gujarat and Punjab.

So instead of the initial three IITs that were slated to begin functioning from the forthcoming academic session, the government has now decided to launch another three. A decision to this effect is reported to have been taken earlier this week and conveyed to the existing IITs that will act as their mentor institutes.

The three IITs that were initially expected to begin functioning from 2008-09 are the ones in Bihar, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.

… Punjab will have IIT-Delhi as its mentor institute while the one in Gujarat will have IIT Powai as its mentor. The one in Orissa will be mentored by IIT Kharagpur. As for the admissions to these three institutes, sources said no decision has been taken as yet on the numbers that will be admitted to each. However, they will be admitted on the basis of the joint entrance examination (JEE) that has already been held and whose results are yet to be announced, said ministry sources. In the case of the IITs in Bihar, Rajasthan and AP, each will be admitting 126 students for the 2008-09 session. No decision has been taken yet on the numbers that will be admitted to the IITs in Orissa, Punjab and Gujarat.

May 30th, 2008

Ranking of engineering colleges in Orissa

(Update on June 17 2008:  For guidance on what you can get with your Orissa JEE rank in 2008, please see I do not have more information than that.)

The following is from our earlier post titled: "2007 ranking of Orissa Engineering colleges that participated in BPUT counseling – solely based on student preferences."

Continuing with our methodology, and solely based on the student preferences in the GE (general) category,  we develop a ranking below. Our methodology is we compare when the various branches of the colleges get finished.  For example below when we write CET (8, 8, 12, 12, 16) it means that two of the CET branches were all finished in the GE category by the ranks 800, two by 1200 and one by 1600. We will use the first three numbers unless it becomes necessary to go beyond that.

  • 1. UCE Burla (8,8,12,12,16)
  • 1. CET Bhubaneswar  (8,8,12,12,16)
  • 2. ITER Bhubaneswar (16,16,16)
  • 3. Silicon Bhubaneswar (16, 20, 20)
  • 4. CV Raman Bhubaneswar (20,24,28)
  • 5. NIST Berhampur (24, 24, 28)
  • 6. GITA  Bhubaneswar(28,28,32)
  • 7. Orissa Eng College Bhubaneswar (28, 28, 36)
  • 7. IGIT Sarang (20,28,45)
  • 8. College of Eng Bhubaneswar (36,36,41)
  • 9. Gandhi Eng College Bhubaneswar (36,41,45)
  • 10. Krupajala Bhubaneswar (45,45,45)
  • 10. Trident Bhuabneswar (41, 45, 50)
  • 11. East Bhubaneswar (45,55,66)
  • 11. Gandhi Inst for Tech Bhubaneswar (50,50,60)
  • 11. GIET Gunupur (50,50,60)
  • 12. Orissa school of mining eng Keonjhar (45, 55, 117)
  • 13. NMIET Bhubaneswar (66, 72, 78)
  • 14. DRIEMS Dhenkanala(72,72,100)
  • 15. Konark Bhubaneswar (78, 78, 117)
  • 15. Koustuva Bhubaneswar (78, 100, 100)
  • 15. Mahavir Bhubaneswar (78, 84, 100)
  • 15. Synergy Dhenkanal (78, 84, 100)
  • 16. Nalanda Bhubaneswar (84, 84, 100)
  • 17. Rajdhani Bhubaneswar (84, 100, 100)
  • 18. Roland Berhampur (84,100, 108)
  • 19. Techno Bhubaneswar (84, 100, 117)
  • 19. Padmanav Rourkela (100,100,100)
  • 20. Ajay Binay Cuttack (100,100,117)
  • 21. Ghanashyam Hemalata  Puri(100,108,136)
  • 22. Jagannath Cuttack (108,117,147)
  • 22. Bhadrakh (117,117, 136)
  • 23. JITM Parlakhemundi (117,126,147)
  • 24. Inst of Adv Rayagada (117,136,159)
  • 24. Sanjay Memorial Berhampur (117,147,159)
  • 24. Purushottam Rourkela (126,126,136)
  • 26. Balasore (136,136,159)
  • 27. Seemanta Mayurbhanj (159, 159, 186)
  • 28. Padmashree Baragarh (172,172,200)
  • 29. Majighariani Rayagada (172,200,200)
  • 30. Satyasai Balasore (159, 172, 999)
  • 31. Samanta Chandra Sekhar Koraput (186,999,999)
  • 32. Gopal Krishna Jeypore (999,999,999)

The colleges that are missing from the above are NIT Rourkela, and KIIT. I consider NIT Rourkela to currently be the best in Orissa. I would slot KIIT around ITER and Silicon.

Outlook for 2008-2009:

Now that ITER’s parent organization Siksha O Anusandhan has become a deemed university, ITER may opt out of Orissa JEE and/or 2008 BPUT counseling.

In 2008 and 2009 there would be several new colleges.

213 comments May 29th, 2008

Developing the Berhampur-Bhubaneswar knowledge corridor

The existing and would be Knowledge Corridors of India[1] are:

(i) Kharagpur-Kolkata(116 kms)-Kalyani (50 kms from Howrah Station):  Kharagpur has the IIT, World Class Central University will be near Kolkata, IIM is in Kolkata, ISI is in Kolkata, and IISER will be in Haringhata, Kalyani.

(ii) Mumbai-Pune 150 kms (176 kms by rail): Mumbai has the IIT, Pune has the IISER, the world class central university will be in Pune.

(iii) Bangalore-Mysore 140 kms (138 kms by rail): IISc and IIM are in Bangalore, World Class central University will be in Mysore.

(iv) Indore-Bhopal 186 kms (218 kms by rail): IIM is in Indore, IIT will be in Indore, IISER and World class central university will be in Bhopal.

(v) Amritsar-Ropar-Chandigarh (217 kms): IISER is near Chandigarh, World class central university will be in Amritsar, IIT will be in Ropar 45 kms from Chandigarh.

Thus we propose the following major Knowledge Corridor (rather network) in Orissa[2]:

Cuttack-Bhubaneswar-Berhampur and Bhubaneswar-Puri-Vedanta University  

Berhampur to Bhubaneswar is 179 kms by road[3]  and 165 kms by rail. The following table shows the distance by rail with respect to the Cuttack-Bhubaneswar-Berhampur corridor.


Stn Code

Stn Name

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2 min










15 min







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1 min







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To develop the Berhampur-Bhubaneswar corridor it is most important that anchor institutions be established in Berhampur. With IIT and IIIT seeming to slip more towards the Bhubaneswar side all out efforts should be made for an NIT (one of the proposed 10 new NITs in the 11th plan) in Berhampur and to upgrade MKCG Medical College to the AIIMS level. For the later one may note that some of the other states will be having multiple institutions either upgraded or newly made to AIIMS level.



[1] Some others are: Raipur-Bilaspur 111 kms (110 kms by rail): Raipur has NIT and will have IIM, Bilaspur will have a central university.

Kozhikode-Kochi 181 kms (190 kms by rail): Kozhikode has the IIM; Kochi will have the world class central university.

Kochi-Trivendrum 220 kms (206 kms by rail): IISER and IIST (Indian Inst. of Space Sc. & Technology) are being made at Trivendrum

[2] A second corridor in Orissa that could be developed is: Raurkela-Jharsuguda-Sambalpur 173 kms (151 kms by rail)

7 comments May 29th, 2008

News on the various new IITs

  1. IIT in Punjab to be in Ropar (45 kms from Chandigarh) and classes will start this year. IIT Delhi will be the mentor institution: Times of India.
  2. IIT Himachal will be mentored by IIT Roorkee. It is to be located in the Mandi district:
  3. IIT in Gujarat to be mentored by IIT Bombay. Classes will start this year at the Vishwakarma Government Engineering College campus at Chandkheda in Gandhinagar district where IIT Bombay has the extension center. This year 120 students will be admitted in the disciplines of Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical. It will be located in the Gandhinagar-Ahmedabad Knowledge Corridor: Hindu , Indian Express.
  4. IT BHU on its way to get IIT tag. The is expected to take around a year with the government modifying the BHU Act 1915 in Parliament.: Business Standard.
  5. IIT in Orissa rumored to be located near Bhubaneswar. No formal announcement has been made but the IIT Kharagpur officials have discussed with the CM regarding their preferences and the CM has written to MHRD to allow classes to start this year.
  6. IIT in Rajasthan to be mentored by IIT Kanpur and classes will start this year. 120 students will be admitted in Electronics engineering, computer science and mechanical engineering.  "Apartments of IIT-K’s guest house would be converted into hostels for students of IIT-Rajasthan. Classes and labs would be held in shifts. If IIT-K classes are held in the morning shift, IIT-R students would have to attend classes in the evening and similar arrangement would be made for labs"."Along with IIT-K, Prof Sanjay Govind Dhande would also be the director for IIT-R" : Times of India.
  7. IIT Hyderabad would be mentored by IIT Chennai. : Times of India.
  8. IIT Patna would be mentored by IIT Guwahati. : Times of India.

May 29th, 2008

Talabasta near Banki a likely site for the world class central university: Samaja

Update June 11, reports that the Education Minister Debi Mishra mentioned this in the OLA. Following is an excerpt.

The Orissa Government has identified a patch of 700 acre plus land at Talabasta in Banki Sub-division of Cuttack district for the proposed World Class University. 

Debi Prasad Mishra, Minister Higher Education has revealed in the Orissa House on 11 June here. 

Replaying to a question Mr.Mishra said that the State Government has informed the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in this regard. 

The land is free from litigations and it was also near to the Capital. 

The River Mahanadi at the backdrop, makes the place a picturesque one, said he. 

“We have asked MHRD to send their site selection team to finalize the site”, said Mr.Mishra.

1 comment May 28th, 2008

Some plans for the proposed world-class universities

Following is an excerpt from a report in Telegraph.

India has asked Britain for financial and technical assistance to set up a new “world class” university (WCU) …

Sources said Purandeswari told Rammell at a meeting in Delhi yesterday that India needed assistance in modernising teacher-training programmes in higher education.

Faculty support — a euphemism for greater participation of guest lecturers from the foreign country — was another request put forward by Purandeswari, the sources said, adding that she also dwelt on skill development — educating students for the job market — as a “key issue”.

Rammell is learnt to have told the minister that the UK was in the process of restructuring its own skill development process, and was willing to share its experiences.

The two ministers are expected to meet again in London on July 18 or 19.

… the universities are set to come up in Bengal (Calcutta), Assam, Orissa, Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

The universities will be controlled by the Centre but kept distinct from existing central universities, and will be nurtured to compete with institutions like Harvard and Cambridge.


May 28th, 2008

Naveen writes to MHRD to start classes in IIT Orissa in 2008-09

Following is an excerpt from

In the meantime, Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik too has written to the Centre requesting that the IIT which is to come up in his state should begin functioning from the 2008-09 academic session itself.

Following are more excerpts from that article about new IIT locations across India.

… the Union ministry of human resources development has written to the state government suggesting three cities. And none among the three is the location favoured by the Rajasthan government, Kota. Instead, the ministry has suggested that the IIT be located in either Jaipur, Jodhpur or Udaipur. The logic behind the ministry’s suggestion, said sources, is that it wants the IIT located in a city which has an airport or is at least in close proximity to an airport. While all the three cities suggested by the HRD ministry have an airport, Kota doesn’t have one. The closest airport is in Jaipur, some 240 km away.

… both the other two new IITs — in Bihar and Andhra Pradesh — fulfil this HRD ministry criteria. The one in Andhra Pradesh will be located in Isnapur near Sanga Reddy in Medak district and won’t be too far away from the twin-cities of Hyderabad-Secunderabad. … the new IIT which will come up in Bihar is located some 40 kilometres away from state capital Patna, which has an airport. These three IITs will begin admissions from the 2008-09 academic session itself, though they will be functioning from the already-established IITs.

4 comments May 27th, 2008

National textile university planned

Following is an excerpt from a report in Financial express.

A National Textile University is on the cards to churn out skilled manpower pool to meet the demand for human resource for the diversified products in the export and domestic market. The proposed institute will be set up under the public-private partnership mode and the ministries of rural development, textiles and the state governments would chip in Rs 500 crore, Rs 250 crore and Rs 500 crore each respectively.

… the institute will have a revamped syllabus, an independent certification and accreditation system which will help meet the supply-demand gap for skilled workforce. The syllabus will mainly focus on latest technology, software designing and CAD structure. Intellectual property rights, development of managerial skill at the middle and lower level in marketing, fabric development and creating an understanding of global trends in the apparel industry have been identified as other areas demanding urgent attention, a senior official in textile ministry told FE . The institute is the outcome of recommendations made by an expert group set up by the Prime Minister to identify areas where skills are needed to be developed to conform to changing scenario in view of the increased demand for new range of products in the textile industry.

… Under the programme, three centres of excellence to meet requirements at managerial and technical level will also be created at Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. These centres will be set up on the lines of IITs. The University will finance the capital expenditure on textile and apparel training centres. Operating cost of these centres will be met by self-generated income. The initiative is part of the government strategy to train 65 lakh persons with sound understanding of fashion lifestyle. Business integrated design, technology and management in diverse areas during the 11 th Plan period. The institute would also have 365 training centres called Neighborhood Apparel and Textiles Training Institutes for Job Assurance for semi skilled and skilled persons. These centers will impart training to 20 lakh persons at grass root level also. For this a pyramid structure will be incorporated for looking at the needs of human resource development. It will have a council for policy formation which will work as a nodal agency and have at least 10 resource centres spread region wise for coordination of activities.

Similarly, the capacity of managerial and technical level at National Institutes of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and other such types of fashion institutes will be increased significantly.

A council will work as a nodal agency and have 10 national resource centres spread region wise for coordinating and control of activities. The council will finance the activities of textile and apparel training centres. Operating cost of these centres will be met through internally generated income. 

1 comment May 24th, 2008

Kerala’s HRD goodies

Following is extracted from a report in New Indian Express.

  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would lay the foundation stone of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) and Indian Institute of Space Technology (IIST).
  • The Central University sanctioned by the IHRD Ministry will be started in Kasargod district.
  • The Centre has also sanctioned another Central university with world class standards.
  • An Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)
  • Upgradation of CUSAT into Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST).
  • A sub centre of Aligarh Muslim University will be established in Malappuram
  • A sub centre of Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages University will be started at Kollam.
  • A proposal for establishing a Centre of Engineering Research in Engineering to coordinate research in engineering.

May 23rd, 2008

New medical colleges in the offing via PPP

See details at Following is a small excerpt.

… government of Orissa is planning to set up medical colleges in Angul, Koraput, Mayurbhanj and Balangir, revealed a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Initiative document.

… According to sources, the Chief District Medical Officers (CDMO) of these districts has been asked to identify at least 25 acres of land nearby the District Headquarters Hospitals (DHH). These DHH will be attached to the medical colleges to facilitate practical training to the students.

May 23rd, 2008

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