Archive for February, 2009

IIT Bhubaneswar’s vision getting shaped

Following is an excerpt taken today from IIT Bhubaneswar’s home page. It gives some idea on what IIT Bhubaneswar is aiming for.

IIT Bhubaneswar with its 935 acres of land will be designed to have a self contained campus for 10,000 students and 1100 faculty. A Science Park will be part of this institution. The Park will house a large number of industry supported R&D units. It will promote industry relevant collaborative R&D activities with the institute and facilitate practice relevant education.

The Institute will offer education and research programmes in disciplines of national and global interest. The specific local needs will also be taken care of. To promote inter-disciplinary education and research, the Institute will not have many narrow specialization oriented departments. It will have few Schools and each School can offer several programmes.

The Foundation Stone for this IIT was laid on February 12, 2009. An estimated amount of Rs.780 crores will be spent in next few years to develope this Institute. A Master Plan for this Institute is being developed. Global tender for choice of Architect has been floated. Within next 2 years, the Institute will be operational from the new campus.

4 comments February 26th, 2009

A typo in the budget speech and the upcoming elections may give Rajasthan an IIM

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

A typographical error, it seems, has become a boon for the state. The Centre on Wednesday assured the state of an IIM, which was announced earlier, but termed as a “typographical mistake” made by the union HRD ministry.

“The HRD ministry has rectified the mistake. As announced, we will now take action to set up an IIM in Rajasthan also,” acting finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. In the recent budget speech, Mukherjee had said that the new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) were to come up in Haryana, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu.

However, Mukherjee later said he was informed that there was a typographical mistake made by the HRD ministry and these institutions were to come up in Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu.

This, however, led to strong protests in Rajasthan and MPs from the state raised the issue in the ongoing session of Parliament.

Mukherjee’s latest announcement has now put to rest the controversy over the IIM as the main opposition BJP was in a mood to make it a poll issue in the state. In fact, after the recent victory in assembly polls, the Congress high command has been heavily banking on Rajasthan and the party didn’t want to antagonise the voters of the state on the eve of Lok Sabha polls.

February 26th, 2009

Central Universities bill passed in the Parliament

The Central Universities bill establishing 12 new central universities from scratch and upgrading three universities was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 24th Feb 2009. It was earlier introduced in the Lok Sabha on 17th Feb 2009 and passed in the Lok Sabha on 19th Feb 2009. Together with that the earlier ordinance was withdrawn.

February 25th, 2009

Indiscipline and frequent unrests may cost BESU the IIEST status

Following is an excerpt from a report in Indian Express. (My guess is that this is just a warning.)

The indiscipline and frequent unrest on the campus have cost the Bengal Engineering and the Science University (BESU) the central status of Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST).

The ministry of Human Resource and Development has sent a regret letter, saying the university cannot be upgraded.

The letter, sent to the university chancellor, Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, conveyed that the status is being denied on two grounds: The university administration is in shambles, it said, and unless things improve, the Centre will not consider upgradation.

The second reason is that the expenditure finance report of the university was not satisfactory.

The university was asked to submit the report on how it would spend the money allocated in the 11th plan period.

For the past two years, the institute has been rocked by violence and frequent protests by teachers and non-teaching staff. The students were asked twice to vacate the campus, which was closed for an indefinite period.

The Anadakrishnan Committee had recommended six institutes along with BESU for the IIEST status. According to university sources, it was in the top slot.

On December 31, 2007, a letter was sent to the state’s chief secretary from the Centre, which said BESU will be upgraded.

Teachers are taken aback by the developments.

The decision also begs why the ministry did not inform the state government before taking the decision. Students are in shock as well.

“Instances of campus unrest are not good for the image of a campus. But that it would cost us the much-awaited central status is a shock,” said a student.

The institute will miss
* Rs 519 crore in the plan period and recurring Central grants
* Status at par with the IITs
* Developments in campus infrastructure
* BTech and MTech programmes

February 22nd, 2009

VN College Jajpur Road, Titlagarh College and UN College Adaspur get autonomous status: Dharitri

This takes the number of autonomous colleges in Orissa to 28. Those are:

  1. VN College, Jajpur Rd (private)
  2. Titlagarh College (private)
  3. UN College, Adaspur (private)
  4. Khallikote College, Berhampur
  5. FM College, Balasore
  6. GM College, Sambalpur
  7. BJB College, Bhubaneswar
  8. RD Womens College, Bhubaneswar
  9. MPC College, Baripada
  10. SCS College, Puri
  11. NC College, Jajpur
  12. Bhadrakh College
  13. Rajendra College, Balangir
  14. Dhenkanal College
  15. SKCG College, Parlakhemundi
  16. Government College, Rourkela
  17. Government College, Bhawanipatna
  18. DD College, Keonjhar
  19. Government College, Phulbani
  20. Vikram Dev College, Jeypore
  21. Government College, Angul
  22. SBR Womens College, Berhampur
  23. PN College, Khurda (private)
  24. Kendrapada College (private)
  25. Banki College (private)
  26. SVM College, Jagatsinghpur (private)
  27. Nayagarh College (private)
  28. Rayagada College (private)

2 comments February 21st, 2009

Advertisement for Merit-cum-Means Scholarship from Orissa government

28 comments February 21st, 2009

12 KVPY from Orissa

Following is from a report in the Statesman.

Twelve students of the state including five from DAV Public School, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar have been selected for the Kishore Vaigyanik Protshana Yojana (KVPY) scholarship. A total of 198 students from across the country have qualified this year.

The students who qualified for the scholarship from DAV Public School, Chandrasekharpur, are ~ Mr Pinaki Prasun Kumar, Mr Biplab Rana, Mr P Dinesh, Mr Rohit Gupta and Mr Smarak Mohanty.

Students of BJB College of Bhubaneswar who qualified for the scholarship are Mr Animesh Swain, Mr Aish Mohapatra and mr Saswat Panigrahi.

Mr Himalaya Senapati of Bhadrak College, Ms Pallabi Mishra from Cuttack Siddharth Senapati and Mr Ajaya Kumar Jena of Balasore have successfully qualified for the scholarship.

The scholarship programme, which is initiated by the Department of Science and Technology, government of India, aims to identify and select students who demonstrate talent and aptitude and encourage and assist them in pursuing research careers. It does so by the means of a two-tire examination.

The successful students will be provided with generous fellowship up to pre-PhD level. In addition, summer programmes in prestigious research and educational institutions in the country will also be organised for them.

1 comment February 20th, 2009

Infosys India Prize for Promoting Research in Sciences for India’s Development

Following is from the press release at (Thanks to Abi for this exact pointer.)

Infosys Institutes “Infosys India Prize” in Five Categories

Constitutes Awards for Promoting Research in Sciences for India’s Development

Bangalore, India – February 17, 2009: Infosys Technologies Ltd. (Infosys) today announced that it has set up "Infosys Science Foundation", a not-for-profit trust to promote research in sciences in India. Under the aegis of the foundation, Infosys will honor outstanding contributions and achievements by Indians across various sciences. The annual award for each category is Rs. 50 lakh.

The Infosys Science Foundation will be funded by a corpus of Rs. 21.5 crore contributed by Infosys executive board members and an annual grant from Infosys Technologies Ltd.

The “Infosys India Prize” categories include:

  • Physical Sciences – Physics and Chemistry
  • Mathematical Sciences – Mathematics and Statistics
  • Engineering Sciences – All branches of Engineering
  • Life Sciences – Biology and Medicine
  • Social Sciences and Economics – Economics, History, Sociology, Political Sciences and other Social Sciences

The jury panel for each area will consist of eminent international personalities in each area selected by the trustees of the foundation.

Announcing the award, Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chief Mentor and Chairman of the Board, Infosys Technologies Ltd. said, “India needs bright minds across all areas of academics, government, business and society to strive for global excellence. We need to encourage research in India to address our developmental problems. This award will honor outstanding researchers who will make a difference to India’s future.”

1 comment February 18th, 2009

Number of AICTE approved colleges and number of colleges that have submitted proposals for 2009-10 up to 31st Dec 2008

Following is from the annexure at

15 comments February 18th, 2009

Twenty counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism schools to be set up; 4 in Orissa

Following is from a report by PIB.

The Government has decided to set up 20 counter-insurgency and Anti-Terrorism Schools during the XIth Plan. It is proposed to locate 4 schools each in the states of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa with a view to providing training to the State police personnel to tackle the insurgency/naxal menace.

1 comment February 17th, 2009

Orissa Gazette notification issued for the creation of Vir Surendra Sai University of Technology in Burla

(Update: The act is here.)

Following is an excerpt from a report in the Statesman.

The 50 year-old elite technical institute of the state was named Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) on the eve of the golden jubilee valedictory celebrations today.

It may be mentioned here that the change was effected through a gazette notification on 12 February.

Students, staff and general mass at large have been demanding unitary university status to this oldest technical institution of the state and that got materialised today in the presence of the chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik, Sambalpur MP Mr Prasanna Acharya, state industries minister Mr BB Harichandan, commerce and transport minister Mr Jayanarayan Mishra, secretary of the Alumni Association Mr Ashes Padhy, convener Prof. SK Sar and principal, Prof CR Tripathy.

… Dedicating VSSUT to the nation and unveiling the logo, the chief minister Mr Patnaik lauded in high words the commendable work of VSSUT, in spreading quality technical education in the country and producing technocrats of name and fame.

“The state is to witness a perceptible change soon due to investment of Rs 6 lakh crore in steel, aluminium, power and IT sectors. Globalisation and liberalisation has generated unprecedented demand for high quality technical people all over the world. VSSUT will take this challenge in catering the present demand,” Mr Patnaik said and appealed students and staff to be at par with international standards.

The CM also assured to fulfil all the demands of the students including allotment of 400 acres of land adjacent to it. “Young engineers will transform Orissa as the richest state of the country. At the same time, I hope, students here will uphold the great tradition and image of this institute,” Mr Patnaik said.

"There would be two more government engineering colleges at Bhawanipatna and Berhampur soon," he added.

On this occasion, chief minister Mr Patnaik inaugurated a mammoth memorial gate erected by old students of VSSUT and at present working at Nalco in Angul. He also inaugurated a ladies hostel meant for the SC students of the university.

1 comment February 16th, 2009

Reviewing the visible progress of the six new IITs

The six new IITs that started classes last year are:

Here are some observations regarding visible progress with respect to these IITs.

  • The first three in the above list (Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad and Patna) have their web pages under their own domain names. The other three use their mentor’s domain names.
  • Among the web pages, IIT Hyderabad and IIT Patna have the most information; IIT Bhubaneswar has the least.
  • IIT Patna is the only one that has already hired permanent faculty.
  • IIT Hyderabad is the only one to admit Ph.D students. Since they do not have permanent faculty, it is a bit strange that they have Ph.D students. I guess either the Ph.D students will pursue their thesis with advisor from IIT Madras or they will be doing course work now and pick their advisors after permanent faculty is hired.
  • IIT Hyderabad seems to be the most ready to start building their campus. IIT Bhubaneswar seems to be the next in line.
  • IIT Bhubaneswar has managed the promise of most amount of land (mentioned as 891 acres in some reports; but mentioned as 935 acres in the important reports) from the state government. The other new IITs are getting the bare minimum (about 500 acres) that the central government prescribed.
  • IIT Rajasthan is the only one for which even the city where it will be located is not decided.
  • Among the new IITs, IIT Bhubaneswar seems to be best located in terms of the local neighborhood. It is 4 kms from the Khurda Rd station (which is 19 kms south of Bhubaneswar station), a major Railway junction, 25 kms from the existing Bhubaneswar airport and even closer (12 kms) to the location of the future Bhubaneswar airport, and is 2-3 kms from NISER (National Institute of Science Education and Research). The location parameters of the other new IITs are as follows:

    The older IITs are located as follows:

3 comments February 15th, 2009

IIT Bhubaneswar contacts

Following is the main contact person for IIT Bhubaneswar:

Bata Kishore RAY
IIT Bhubaneswar
(Behind Hotel Swosti Plaza)
Nandan Kanan Road
Tel: 91-674-2301982
Fax: 91-674-2301983



Beyond the above, the other names associated with IIT Bhubaneswar are:

  1. Director Designate: Prof. Madhusudan Chakrabarti
  2. Mentor Director: Prof. Damodar Acharya
  3. Chairperson of BOG (Board of Governors): B. Muthuraman (MD of Tata Steel)

5 comments February 12th, 2009

Foundation Stone laid for IIT Bhubaneswar

Following is from the PIB report

Foundation Stone of Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, laid


15:15 IST

Foundation Stone of the Indian Institute of Technology ( IIT ), Bhubaneswar, was laid in Orissa today. Shri Arjun Singh, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, was to lay the Foundation Stone, but due to unavoidable reasons he couldn’t go to Orissa and the ceremony was held in his absentia at KANSAPADA ( Khudupur-Taraboi Road ) near Jatni Block Office, Khordha.

This new IIT at Bhubaneswar is part of the 8 new IITs that have been established in the country by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Ministry. Orissa is also to get a new Central University under The Central Universities Ordinance, 2009 which was promulgated by the President of India on 15.01.2009.

Following is the full text of the speech of Shri Arjun Singh, delivered on his behalf :

“ IITs are our national pride and owe their existence to the scientific temper and disposition of our First Prime Minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru. Making India, the knowledge hub of the world was a cherished dream of our first Prime Minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru. Way back in 1951, the Government of India, under the leadership of Panditji, planned to have four such institutes of excellence in the field of Engineering and Technology. The first amongst four such institutes (one for each zone) came up at Kharagpur in eastern region.

During the Eleventh Plan Period, the Government of India has decided to have eight new IITs, including IIT Bhubaneswar. IIT Bhubaneswar was one of the new IITs to become operational with 120 students in July, 2008. It is also heartening to note that the mother of the IIT system, IIT Kharagpur, is mentoring this new IIT. I would like to compliment Prof. Damodar Acharyaji, Director, IIT, Kharagpur who has made all possible efforts to mentor this IIT. The necessary facilities are being created in IIT Kharagpur Extension Campus at Bhubaneswar so that the students of IIT Bhubaneswar could have their education from Bhubaneswar itself from the forthcoming academic session starting from July 2009. IIT Bhubaneswar will offer science based engineering graduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes of international standard in various disciplines.

The State of Orissa is a resource-rich state and we expect that IIT, Bhubaneswar will act as a catalyst for the rapid industrialization of the State. Indian Institutes of Technology are known the world over for imparting quality and relevant education to students. I am confident that this new IIT also carry forward the great tradition of IITs.

I am happy to note that the Government of Orissa has allotted 935 acres of land for this IIT. The State Government has also agreed to provide adequate facilities of water, electricity and road connectivity. I appreciate the support of the Government of Orissa to have this IIT in Bhubaneswar and would like to specially thank Shri Naveen Patnaikji for his support for the venture.

I take this opportunity to mention that we had made an assessment of various States about availability of degree and diploma level courses per lakh population in the field of technical education. We find that the availability of degree and diploma level courses per lakh population in Orissa is much below the national average. This obviously means that the regional imbalance in respect of technical education needs to be corrected. It is in this context that the setting up of an IIT in Bhubaneswar is a right and timely step. I am sure the Government of Orissa will derive maximum benefits from the Central Government schemes for educational advancement of this State.

The Government of India in its Eleventh Plan has given a major thrust to education. The Central Government has taken several initiatives in respect of new institution building. These include setting up of 30 new Central Universities, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, eight new IITs, seven new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), five new Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), two new Schools of Planning & Architecture (SPAs), 10 new National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and 20 new IIITs. For this unprecedented expansion, the credit goes to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, who has been kind enough to accord very high priority to the education sector and provided a nine fold increase in the budgetary outlays for the higher education during the XIth Plan as compared to Xth Plan.

Capacity building in the diverse fields of basic science, engineering and technology, architecture, management will empower besides providing opportunities to the youth. It has been decided to launch a massive National Initiative for Skill Development under which it is proposed to give assistance for the establishment of 1000 new polytechnics. It is also proposed to upgrade infrastructure facilities of existing diploma level Government and Government aided polytechnics. In order to attract women in polytechnic education, we are proposing to provide financial assistance for the construction of women’s hostels in 500 polytechnics.

The Government is also going to incentivise the States for starting new Universities, besides giving a one time grant to the States on a matching basis to develop the infrastructure of State technical institutions. With these initiatives, we hope to increase access (by 5% GER during XI Plan) with equity and excellence.

8. I am happy to say that the State of Orissa is also getting its due share. We have decided in this Plan Period to have in Orissa State, one Central University, one National University aiming for world class standards, one IIIT, and several Polytechnics in those districts which currently do not have a Polytechnic. The Government and Private Engineering Colleges will also be getting opportunity to upgrade their facilities through TEQIP. This will provide our youth in the State with vocational and professional educational opportunities to realize their full potential.”



February 12th, 2009

Devdas babu reappointed for another term as VC of Ravenshaw University

See the news item at

1 comment February 12th, 2009

Parasnta Das’s letter to the CM on pushing mining and metal industries to contribute to HRD of Orissa

Prasanta Das is the person who went to the High court when NIS was shifted. I met him this January and he showed me the following letters that he wrote to the CM.

February 11th, 2009

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