Archive for August, 2008

3314 Merit-cum-Means national scholarships for Odisha high schoolers: Samaja

The following Samaja article details the procedure of how these scholarship awardees will be selected in Orissa.


1 comment August 30th, 2008

Vedanta University does the right thing and makes sustained efforts to win the hearts of locals

Following is from a report in Pioneer.

The Vedanta University Project has commenced significant initiatives for education, healthcare, infrastructure and livelihood improvements in the local area here comprising over 20 villages. This includes sponsoring 500 children for high quality education in Puri DAV School, mobile health units and mobile veterinary units.

Besides, electrification of villages, upgrading infrastructure of schools and villages, a programme of sustainable livelihood solution and training of local youth in skills development etc, have also been initiated under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) drive. According to CSR executive of the project Abhijita Panigrahi, the project is working to develop the local communities to a standard of living to cope with the world class township of the Vedanta University that will bring huge economic prosperity to the State.

The project envisages setting up a world class multidisciplinary university with quality higher education facilities in arts, science, medicine, engineering, law, business, education, design and architecture, journalism and communication, etc. The university will also have research centres and complete infrastructure for the students, faculties and staffs and will become an academic township over the 6,000 acres campus near the Puri-Konark marine drive. The university being set up with an initial donation of over Rs 4,000 crore will be a "Not for Profit" institution.

1 comment August 29th, 2008

Some details on the proposed 20 IIITs across the country

Following are excerpts from a report in

In the new IIITs, the government is actively considering a model where a majority stake goes to the private sector, while reducing the government to a minority shareholder. So, on an equity base of Rs30 crore, the government would get Rs14.90 crore maximum; and industry, Rs15.10 crore minimum.

“This is where the concept of autonomy begins. Even IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) and IITs, which are autonomous institutes, can’t decide on fees and number of seats without government approval because they are dependent on it for grants,” said Rajdeep Sahrawat, vice-president of industry lobby group National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom), who led the drafting of the detailed project report on IIITs.

The government is also looking at a loan model, prepared by Nasscom, for IIITs to be set up as autonomous bodies, where the government would give loans to the institutes—and not grant funds—to be paid back over 10 years after a five-year moratorium.

The partners in setting up these IIITs would be the HRD ministry, the governments of the respective states where each institute will be established and industry members.

The committee member said it is hoping the model has no management quota. “There will be a board of governors that will decide policy matters for the institutes, and have representations from academia, industry and government,” this person said.

To further clip government interference, the board of governors at these IIITs will have just one government representative, based on the policy of “one seat per investor”.

“Each institution should have three-four industry partners, with a pedigree for research. Even the age of the people to be appointed to the governing board can’t exceed 70 years,” the member said.

With a focus on research, the new IIITs will also have a faculty-student ratio of 1:10, as in IITs. While Nasscom’s public-private partnership model for the new IIITs skips any mention of reservations for students from backward classes, a provision for merit-cum-means scholarships for the students is proposed, where an institute is granted subsidy from the government for the scholarships granted.

This, however, continues to be the toughest call for the government. “The industry wants merit to be the sole criteria, but the government would like to push through reservations, as applicable in other educational institutions. However, the IIITs would have some kind of a relaxation of marks for students from certain backward classes,” the member said.

2 comments August 29th, 2008

Update on the proposed university by Art of Living and Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidyamandir trust; Sri Sri Institute of Management Studies, Bhubaneswar

Following is an excerpt from a report in The Pioneer.

Volunteers of the Art of Living on Sunday organised a preparatory meet at Naraj, 30 km from here, … to serve as a prelude to the arrival of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on September 20.

… Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, during his stay here from September 20 to September 25, would lay the foundation-stone of the university and deliver a spiritual address to over 10,000 devotees expected to gather on the occasion, said AOL faculty Devjyoti Mohanty, adding that over 186 acres of Government lands have already been allocated by the State Government for the proposed university.

This is the first-ever university to be set up by the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidyamandir Trust, and it would be a regular university with a spiritual touch, he said. Local people have been mobilised for their fullest cooperation for the project, and the university would take into account the interests of the State while selecting the candidates, he added.

So far in their web page the only Orissa specific institute that is mentioned is the Sri Sri Institute of Management Studies. That is a good start and I hope soon the other schools will be launched. The web page for Sri Sri Institute of Management Studies, Bhubaneswar says the following.


Sri Sri Institute Of Management Studies, Bhubaneshwar is the the result of H.H.Sri Sri Ravishankar’s vision of blending high quality education with spirituality and human values. The courses are so designed to train the students in Self Management, Stress Management and Personality Development.
Courses Offered
1. Post Graduate Diploma in Bussiness Management    (2 Years)
2. Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication        (2 Years)
3. Post Graduate Diploma in Government                      (1 Year  )
    The first two courses run for about 20 months each while third is 1 year course. A wide range of meaningful and purposeful elective subjects are offered in each of them.
Salient features of the Institute

  • Courses with high job prospects are offered
  • Curriculum to match demands of the industry
  • Corporate bodies will be invited to conduct campus interviews
  • Holistic Education to equip the student to compete with their counterparts at the global level
  • Value based and stress free education
  • Art of Living Courses to teach the students to manage their own emotions and interpersonal     relationships.
  • Adequate Infrastructural facilities                         
            IRC village, Nayapalli,
            Bhubaneshwar- 751012
            Dr. S.Ramaratnam 944916801
  • Qualified faculty

  • Their trust already has a management school running in Goa. It seems to be a good school with good faculty. Thus it is expected that the management school in Bhubaneswar will also be good. Besides offering a 2 yr PG Diploma in Business management (which is the only degree offered in the Goal school), the Bhubaneswar school will also offer a 2 year PG diploma in mass communication. This program is a longer program than the One year Post Graduate Diploma in Print Journalism & Electronic Media offered by the trust’s journalism school in Bangalore. The Bhubaneswar school will also offer a one year PG Diploma in Government which is not offered by any other school of the trust. Thus the proposed Bhubaneswar school will have more programs than the Goa school and Bangalore school combined.

    The Bhubaneswar school page has the following information visible only at the html/php code level:

    Address: N-5/421
    IRC village,
    Contact: Dr. S.Ramaratnam 944916801  

    Perhaps that is the address until the campus is built near Naraj.

    5 comments August 25th, 2008

    UCE Burla Students’ dharna reported in various newspapers

    Following is an excerpt from a report in New Indian Express.

    Students of University College of Engineering (UCE), Burla, launched their three day hunger strike from today staging silent sit-on dharna in front of the administrative building of the college.

    The students are demanding Unitary University Status for the oldest engineering college of the State, on the lines of Ravenshaw University, transfer of 400 acres of government land adjacent to UCE campus, hike in annual grant to UCE to Rs 15 crore and special infrastructure development grant of Rs 100 crore spread over three years. The students had launched a stir in October demanding upgradation of UCE to IIT with support from the Alumni Association of the college and locals.

    But with the State Government deciding to house the IIT at Jatni, they are now demanding declaring the college as an Unitary University.

    The students had apprised the Chief Minister of their demand vide a petition on August 2 and set August 21 as deadline to fulfill the demand.

    But with no communication from the office of the Chief Minister for a dialogue over the issue, they resorted to hunger strike. … A delegation of students will be leaving for Bhubaneswar and will try to get an audience with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Governor MC Bhandare.

    7 comments August 24th, 2008

    UP Marches on with its own version of top notch institutes

    Following is an excerpt from a report in

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati yesterday inaugurated the new administrative block of the Gautam Buddha University here.

    Inaugurating the first session of the varsity’s flagship MBA programme, Mayawati, who is its Chancellor, said the new institute would provide world-class education.

    An institute modelled on the Indian Institute of Science (IIS), Bangalore, would be developed in Noida, she declared, adding that a proposal for an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Lucknow was also under consideration.

    The University will, initially, have a School of Management which will offer courses in Human Resources, Strategic Management and Marketing & Retail Management.

    "The courses have been developed in line with those being offered by leading universities of Europe, US and Canada," said Mayawati.

    Schools in Information and Communication Technology, Humanities and Buddhist Studies, Bio-Technology and Law will also be setup in the coming sessions.

    "The Gautam Buddha University will be the only institute in the country to offer PhD in vocational studies," added Mayawati.

    Vocational courses at the varsity would have subjects on Hospitality and Tourism, Business Administration, Retail & Commercial Services and Media & Designing.

    … The varsity, setup at an estimated cost of Rs.300 crores, is dedicated to Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

    August 24th, 2008

    Assam plans to set up 3 medical colleges, 10 engineering colleges and much more

    Following is an excerpt from a report in Assam Tribune.

    Moreover, the State Government has decided to set up three new medical colleges in Kokrajhar, Barpeta and Jorhat. It may be noted that the Chief Minister has also announced to set up more engineering colleges in the State.

    The State Government will set up a Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology at Guwahati, Technical University at Nagaon, a Central University at Guwahati, Law University at Guwahati, a private university at Tepesia, Sonapur, 15 polytechnic institutes, 10 engineering colleges (location) and a medical university.

    August 24th, 2008

    WCCUs to be called National Universities?

    Update: See for National Knowledge Commission’s take on this.

    Following is an excerpt from a report in Indian Express.

    An all-India common entrance examination, a student-count not exceeding 12,000, the best of faculty with incentives over and above regular pay, a curriculum revised every three years, a semester system, private sector funding, vice-chancellors with at least decade-long teaching experience, collaboration with universities and institutes in India and abroad, academic creativity free from red tapism — all this and more will go into the making of 14 World Class Universities (WCUs) very shortly.

    And these sweeping changes are also likely to be applied to all existing universities and 16 Central universities that have recently been approved by the Cabinet. What will change, however, is the nomenclature for the 14 WCUs. Officials say these are now likely to be christened National Universities and the related legislation will be called the National Universities Act.

    The basic blueprint for the WCUs has been formulated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the first round of discussions, held in New Delhi today, involved academicians, experts, officials from the Human Resource Development Ministry, UGC and Planning Commission.

    “There was a very interactive discussion on the WCUs and a major viewpoint emerged. Participants felt there should be a similar legislation for all Central universities, including the 16 which just got Cabinet approval, and all existing universities. The view was that there should be no hierarchy or disparity in standards amongst universities and the reforms and changes suggested for WCUs should be applied to all universities,” an official who attended the meeting told The Indian Express.

    “There were strong reservations against the term ‘world class’ and it was decided they will be called National Universities instead,” the official said.

    While more discussions will follow, sources said that the UGC and HRD Ministry hope to be ready with a legislation in time for the Parliament session. …

    The WCUs are envisaged as unitary universities, like JNU, without any affiliation and multi-facility based, offering subjects ranging from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to engineering, technology and medicine among others.

    Promised autonomy in matters of admission of students and standards for selection, introduction and revision of contextual and innovative curricula, opening of new campuses and new programmes, intake of students, examinations and evaluation systems, faculty recruitment and national and international collaborations, the WCUs are planned as model institutes that will stand apart from existing universities.

    That getting the best of faculty is high on the agenda for these new universities is apparent as the concept paper suggest that individuals with high quality research/training experience could be invited to join the faculty even if they have not applied for the job — as is also done in JNU. The universities, the paper says, should also be allowed to develop own hiring policies and pay higher emoluments and non-salary incentives over and above regular pay scales. The blueprint also recommends that private sector funding be permitted as long as it does not compromise academic integrity and autonomy of the university.

    While the UGC’s earlier draft on WCUs did not quite impress the Prime Minister’s Office — it is keenly following the ambitious project — the new concept paper is said to have been found to be more “forward looking”. The legislation will also be so worded that it does not lead to rigid bureaucratic controls that stifle quality and creativity and spell out only “what to do” instead of “how to do”.

    August 24th, 2008

    Cabinet clears National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) in Mohali

    Following is an excerpt from a report in Indian Express.

    The Union Cabinet gave a formal approval for the setting up of a National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) in the upcoming Knowledge City in Sector 81. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting in New Delhi on Thursday.

    It will be the fourth premier institute in the city after the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) and the Indian Institute of Nanotechnology (IIN).

    Clearing the memorandum moved by the Department of Biotechnology under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology, the Union Council of Ministers, approved a budget of Rs 380 crore to be spent on the NABI, during the next five years.

    The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), meanwhile, has handed over the land to the concerned departments in the Union Government for setting up the national institutes, which will form a part of the Knowledge City.

    The GMADA had acquired 381 acres of land in Sector 81, to set up an integrated Knowledge City, last year. The work on this land had been kick-started on September 26 2006, with the laying of the foundation stone by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

    The work to provide road connectivity to Chilla village, which is presently connected through a road passing across the Knowledge City land, has already begun. According to the concept layout plan prepared for Knowledge City, the area allocated was 160 acres for IISER, including IIN, 35 acres for NABI, 80 acres for Bio-Technology Park, 70 acres for Management Institute and 3 acres for PBTI.

    GMADA Chief Administrator Vivek Partap Singh told Newsline, that the land earmarked for the management institute has been handed over to the Punjab Higher Education Department, which will further tie-up with the Union Government to set up an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) here.

    August 23rd, 2008

    UCE Burla students write to CM to make it a unitary university

    Following is the copy of the letter that was sent to me:

    Sri Naveen Patanaik ji
    Hon’ble Chief Minister of Orissa

    Sub: State Govt’s response to our demand for “Unitary University” status to our college.

    Respected Sir,
    In our letter dated 2nd August, 2008, we had requested you to consider the followings:

    1) Pass an Act in State Assembly to declare UCE as a “Unitary University” (like Revensaw Univ.)
    2) Transfer the free Government land of 400 acers adjacent to UCE campus to UCE.
    3) Hike the annual grant to UCE to Rs 15 crore.
    4) Give a special “Infrastructure Development Grant” of Rs 100 crore to UCE spread over three years.

    We painfully recall that in 2004, our college was the choice of State Government for becoming “IIT”. But, when center agreed to give “IIT”, it was shifted to Jatni. You have written MHRD for making UCE an “NIT”, but we see least possibility of this as the new NITs will go to the states which don’t have NIT now. Therefore, “Unitary University” is the only feasible route for upgrading UCE. We have sought an appointment with Hon’ble Chief Minister, but unfortunately we are not heard.

    The students of UCE have never fought for their self. We never come out in support of any such strike by other BPUT  students demanding withdrawal of year-back system or so. Our fight is for the prestige and ‘swabhimaan’ of our college. If we are not assured of fulfillment of our legitimate demand by 21st of Aug,08. we will be constrained to take any step that may be required to fulfill it. We will be forced to come out to street and paralyze entire Sambalpur region including the Railways & National Highways. The people across the civic society, student unions of other institutes & political parties have already come forward to participate in our agitation. If this does not attract to notice , we will march to Bhubaneswar and ‘gherao’ the State Assembly and seek explanation from the representatives of people who will assemble there. Yet, we believe, such moments will not come; you will definitely fulfill our legitimate aspiration.
    Warm regards,

    Students, UCE, Burla

    Copy to: Sri Jayanarayan Mishra, Hon’ble Minister of commerce & Transport
    Sri Prasanna Acharaya, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Sambalpur Constituency
    Sri Kishore Mohanty, Hon’ble Speaker, Orissa Assembly
    Sri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Deogarh Constituency
    Smt Pramila Bohidar,MP Rajya Sabha
    Sri Sanatan Bishi,Hon’ble Health Minister
    Sri Surender Lath, MP Rajya Sabha
    The Revenue Divisional Commissioner, Northen Division, Sambalpur
    The Collector & District Magistrate, Sambalpur
    The Incharge, Police Station, Burla
    Superintendent of Police, Sambalpur
    Vice-Chancellor, BPUT
    Industry Minister, Govt. of Orissa
    Industry Secretary, Govt. Of Orissa
    Principal, UCE Burla


    This is a just demand. When and if the students get a chance to meet the CM and/or the govt.officials they must request that UCE Burla must be molded in the model of CUSAT, BESU (both are state universities) and the plan in Maharastra and UP to have state funded universities at the level of an IIT. Besides the demand mentioned in the above letter, to make UCE Burla really a top institution some additional steps need to be taken. For example: 

    • It should be allowed to hire faculty from all over India (not just from Orissa or Oriyas); and have the payscale of NITs and IITs.
    • Its seats should be doubled but a significant percent (say 30% or perhaps 50%) should be open to all India admission either through AIEEE or IIT JEE.  Because of the doubling of the seats students of Orissa will not lose out.
    • In other words, mold it like an NIT or IIT and it will one day be picked to get that level. (This is the same strategey that was done with, say, Institute of Physics, which was made like a central institute, and after some years, it was picked up by the central govt. Similarly, CUSAT takes students from all over India.)

    1 comment August 22nd, 2008

    Vedanta University hires advisors for its medical college

    Following is from a report in Pioneer.

    In the first phase of the Vedanta University Project, a 500-bed super-specialty hospital and a medical college of international standard will be built which will be later expanded to 1,000-bed capacity. The super facilities that are planned cardiology, endocrinology and intensive care while paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology will be added in the next phase.

    Besides providing highest quality health care, it will be a ‘Research-cum-Teaching hospital’. An advisory committee will decide on the vision and scope of the medical centre comprising health-care, teaching and research facilities with distinguished medical professionals and academicians from India and abroad.

    The Vedanta University Project also announced that director of Medical Education and senior cardiologist of Apollo Hospital KP Mishra and ex-director of the Institute of Immunohaematology and winner of the Biju Patnaik Award for Excellence in Science and Technology Dipika Mohanty had joined as advisors to guide regarding the development of the hospital.

    Mohanty, on behalf of hospital, will initiate a major research project in the areas for infants and children having anaemia as well as an identification and treatment for sickle cell anaemia which is more prevalent in Orissa.

    The hospital and medical college are part of the first phase of the Vedanta University Project that will include a core campus with colleges for humanities, sciences, engineering and business. The academic session is likely to start in 2010.

    The exact press release of Vedanta University is at It says the following:

    Super-Specialty Hospital and Medical College work to start soon by Vedanta University Project, Puri


    • Super specialty 500 bed hospital and medial college.
    • To be upgraded to 1000 bed later.
    • Super specialties in Cardiology, endocrinology and acute care.
    • Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology to be added later.
    • Advisory committee with experts from India and abroad being formed.
    • Noted Oriya Cardiologist, Dr. K.P.Mishra of Apollo fame and Dr. Dipika Mohanty, former Director of Institute of Immuno-haematology (ICMR) already joined as advisors.
    • Major research projects in interventional treatment of anaemia/iron deficiency and sickle cell anaemia being initiated.
    • The first phase of proposed Vedanta University will also include colleges of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering and Business.
    • Academic session scheduled to start in 2010.

    Puri, August 19, 2008: In the first phase of the Vedanta University project, a 500 bed super specialty hospital and medical college of international standard will be built. This will be expanded to 1000 bed Hospital in the next phase. The super specialties that are planned in the Vedanta Hospital are cardiology, endocrinology and acute care. In the next phase, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology will be added. This Hospital will answer a long standing need for providing comprehensive and specialized patient care and health services for the population of the region and will be a beacon of hope for the common man.

    The Hospital is being designed in line with the highest standards set for the Vedanta University Project, and it will be a Research cum Teaching hospital besides providing highest quality patient care. The Hospital will benefit from the highly qualified faculty of the proposed medical college and will be managed by well trained professionals. An advisory committee, comprising distinguished medical professionals and academicians from India and abroad, will be formed to decide on the vision and scope of the medical center consisting of hospital, teaching and research facilities.

    Vedanta University Project is pleased to announce that Dr. K. P. Misra, MD, FACC, FRCP, the distinguished Oriya Cardiologist and Director, medical education and Senior Cardiologist (retd) Apollo Hospital, Chennai, and Dr. Dipika Mohanty, MD, Ph.D. FRCP, Ex Director Institute of Immunohaematology (ICMR) and 2006 winner of the Biju Patnaik award for Excellence in Science and Technology, have joined as Advisors to guide setting up the hospital, medical college and medical research centers. On behalf of the Vedanta University Project, Dr Mohanty is initiating a major research project in the areas of interventional treatment of anaemia/iron deficiency in infants and children in Orissa as well as identification and treatment of sickle cell anaemia, which has a double incident rate in Orissa compared to other states where it is prevalent.

    The Hospital and Medical College will form part of the first phase of Vedanta University Project that will include a core campus with colleges for Humanities & Sciences, and schools of Engineering and Business. The first academic session is planned to start in 2010.

    The Vedanta University will be a world class multidisciplinary University of global scale that will promote greater learning, cutting-edge research and socio-economic development.

    For further details contact:Mr. Kishore Chandra Das
    Head, Communications
    Anil Agarwal Foundation
    Vedanta University Project, Puri
    Mobile No. : 91-9437012258


    6 comments August 20th, 2008

    New centrally supported ITIs in Maoist infested blocks: Samaja

    August 19th, 2008

    Engineering and Medical College in Keonjhar?

    Following is an excerpt from a report in Statesman.

    Keonjhar will soon have a medical college and an engineering college, said Bombay Oriya Mahasangha president Mr Bipin Bihari Mishra here recently. The Mahasangha will also take steps for the beautification of the major tourist spots, he added while addressing the media here today.

    “As a man from Keonjhar, it deeply shocked me to see how miserable is the living condition of the people living in the remote villages. In Keonjhar, the villages are still away from the government’s various developmental programmes,” Mr Mishra lamented while explaining his plans for overall growth of the mineral-rich district. “We will adopt a village and work for its overall development. Then another village will be adopted and developed and so on,” Mr Mishra pointed out. He discussed with the media about the various problems the district is presently facing and possible ways to get rid of the problems.

    … “We ensure that the cancer patients from Orissa are being treated at Tata Memorial Hospital and Cancer Research Institute free of cost, and we will also arrange for the stay of the attendants at a very nominal price as low as Rs 10 a day,” he said adding that an ‘Utakal Bhawan’ is going to come up on a land of 30,000 sq feet in Mumbai with the initiative of the Maha-sangha.

    3 comments August 19th, 2008

    Lower bound of faculty payscales at IIT/IISER/NISER type institutes after the 6th pay commission

    As per the salary scale of its faculty will be:

    Assistant Professor 12,000-375-16,500
    Reader (F) 14,300-400-18,300
    Associate Professor 16,400-450-20,000
    Professor 18,400-500-22,400


    Using the table in  [alternate1, alternate2] (and assuming Bhubaneswar is a B1 city) the revised salaries will could be as follows: (Thanks to Comment 13 for correcting me.. There is a separate UGC Committee Chaired by Prof. Chadha, which will be looking at faculty salary. In that case the following salaries should perhaps be only considerd as a lower bound.)

    • Assistant Professors starting salary (lower bound):
      Total Fixed Pay   Rs. 31208
      Dearness Allowance   (@16%)Rs. 4993
      HRA : 20% ie. 6112
      Transport Allowance : Rs. 1968
    • Readers starting salary (lower bound):
      Total Fixed Pay   Rs. 36911
      Dearness Allowance   (@16%)Rs. 5906
      HRA : 20% ie. 7229
      Transport Allowance : Rs. 1968
    • Associate Professors starting salary (lower bound):
      Total Fixed Pay   Rs. 41982
      Dearness Allowance   (@16%)Rs. 6717
      HRA : 20% ie. 8222
      Transport Allowance : Rs. 1968
    • Professors starting salary (lower bound):
      Total Fixed Pay   Rs. 59574
      Dearness Allowance   (@16%)Rs. 9532
      HRA : 20% ie. 11667
      Transport Allowance : Rs. 1968
    • Director starting salary (lower bound):
      Total Fixed Pay   Rs. 91940
      Dearness Allowance   (@16%)Rs. 14710
      HRA : 20% ie. 18006
      Transport Allowance : Rs. 369

    65 comments August 18th, 2008

    Bhubaneswar Institute of Technology (BIT) has just received AICTE approval

    I am told by Prof. Rabi Mahapatra (Chairman of the Trustee) and Dr. Gopal Mohapatra (member Trustee) that BIT (Bhubaneswar Institute of Technology) has now received AICTE approval. This is great news. Since BPUT JEE counseling is already midway, I hope a way is found for BIT to admit students this year.

    BIT will be a unique institution is Orissa. The reason I say it is that it is being built by several well-known  professors from the US and several other professionals.  Following is the list of  its promoters as obtained from their web page.

    14 comments August 16th, 2008

    Gujarat plans Surakshya University and University for Forensic Science

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

    Gujarat CM Narendra Modi on Friday announced formation of ‘Suraksha University’ at the function organized here to celebrate 62nd Independence Day.

    Modi addressing people here after hoisting the tricolour said, "the state government has decided to form a Suraksha University. All the latest discipline regarding security will be taught to students at this university".

    Modi also announced formation of University for Forensic Science, which is a major step to strengthen the use of scientific detection methods when the terrorists and criminals are using hi-tech equipments.

    1 comment August 16th, 2008

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