Archive for May, 2009

IIT Bhubaneswar students will stay near Jharpada and take bus to their classes

Update: Dharitri reports that so far 18 faculty have been hired.

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

"Last year, we admitted 120 students to three streams: civil, mechanical and electrical (40 students each). The number would the same this year," IIT-Bhubaneswar registrar B K Ray told TOI. According to him, 240 students (of both batches) would be taught at IIT-Kharagpur Extension Centre building here. "Three laboratories are being set up. Everything should be ready in time," Ray said.

"Since no hostel is available now, we have taken 50 new apartments on rent at SBI Colony in the Jharpada area for students’ accommodation. A private party would do the catering job, while for transportation of students from the apartments to classrooms the distance is seven km we will hire three-four buses," the registrar said.

Around 935 acre has already been earmarked at Kansapada in Jatni, about 30 km from here, for construction of a permanent campus of IIT-Bhubaneswar.

"It will take at least three years to build the new campus. We aim to start classes on the permanent campus in 2011," Ray said….

IIT officials said they have got approval to open courses in different subjects, but as of now they want to concentrate on civil, mechanical and electrical streams to ensure no dilution of quality took place.

"There is no need to rush. We have started recruiting teachers. Apart from IIT-Kharagpur teachers, some retired IIT and Institute of Physics and National Institute of Science, Education and Research (NISER) teachers will join us," Ray added.

May 30th, 2009

New Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will try to speed up the setting up of AIIMS like institutes

Following is an excerpt from a report in

Azad said the ministry would also try to speed up the setting up of six institutes on the lines of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The government had announced the plan in 2003, but it was given a final go ahead in 2005.

Under the scheme, such institutes would be set up in Patna, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Raipur and Rishikesh. Azad also said the ministry would upgrade 13 other medical institutes in the country.

He said after the six AIIMS like institutes come up, the government plans to start two more such institutes and also upgrade six medical institutes.

May 29th, 2009

IIT coaching by IIT graduates

I had heard that many of the Kota coaching institutes hire IIT graduates to teach, but did not know how much they paid. The following excerpt from an Indian Express report mentions that even high schools in Delhi hire IIT graduates to coach their students. 

Not only did 30 of its students make it to the IITs, Modern Vidya Niketan, Faridabad, has also produced the all-India IIT-JEE topper, Nitin Jain. Nearly 430 students appeared for the examination and 141 were able to make it to the merit list. In 2008 too, the school had an impressive number of students cracking the IIT-JEE, but this year’s results surpassed all expectations, managing director Varun Sharma said. “For the last 15 years, we have been sending students to the IITs. At least 15 have made it every year,” he said. The school employs around 25 former IITians and pays them a package of up to Rs 15 lakh per annum each, according to Sharma.

1 comment May 29th, 2009

Budget approved for one professor, two associate professors and three assistant professors in each course of CUO Koraput

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

UGC sanctioned posts of one professor, two associate professors and three assistant professors for each course in these universities. These universities will offer undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil and PhD courses. The admission process will begin from this academic year itself. They were already given a small budget to start their camp offices.

On Wednesday, UGC chairperson Sukhdeo Thorat had said these universities might try to get faculty from among Indians settled abroad as well as foreigners.

Meanwhile, search for the site of six universities — in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala — continues. In Haryana, the new university will be in Mahendragarh, while the one in Punjab will be in Bhatinda. The one on Karnataka will be in Dharwad and the one in Tamil in Tiruvarur. In the case of Orissa, the likely site will be in Koraput and for Jharkhand it is likely to be Khunti. Three existing universities — Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya in Chhattisgarh, Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya at Sagar (MP) and Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna University in Uttarakhand — were upgraded as central universities.


May 29th, 2009

Orissa CHSE (+2) toppers in 2009

May 28th, 2009

Admission notice of Food Craft Institute Balangir

This institute is established by Ministry of Tourism Government of India and Government of Orissa. This is the only centrally funded institute in the Balangir district.

3 comments May 28th, 2009

Some information from the National Law University Orissa web page

Its web page is Following is information from its page about Why NLU.


1. National Law University Orissa (NLUO) is the youngest member of the group of National Law Universities, which are institutions of excellence in the field of legal education, with Chief Justice of India as its Visitor and Chief Justice of the High Court as its Chancellor.
2. National Law University Orissa has the advantage of having the experience of the Attorney-General of India, Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Advocate General of Orissa, judges of the Supreme Court of India and judges of the High Courts’ on its Governing and Executive Council.
3. The prized distinction of NLUO is its location in the most promising State of India. The faster economic growth and growing charm of MNCs in the state has set Orissa as a major destination for Foreign Direct Investments to the tune of approximately Rs. 1,00,000 crore.
4. NLUO is located on the banks of the river Mahanadi, with the classrooms and library affording a breathtaking view of the river and undulating verdant hillsides in the distance. The close to nature location of the campus would be conducive for sustained scholastic activity for the academically inclined students who choose to be a part of this institution.
5. NLUO students would be taught by a group of teachers, dynamic and experienced; and most importantly committed. The faculty is drawn from premier institutions of India and abroad, with most of them being associated with the leading National law Schools, thereby giving them the advantage of being accustomed to the rigours of the Law School model.
6. National Law University Orissa has a unique curriculum. In all probability, we offer the most profound example of integration of knowledge. We have gone beyond the conventional interdisciplinary approach, permitting students of the B.A.LL.B course to take courses of B.B.A.LL.B and vice versa, outside of the major-minor division of papers. 
7. NLUO is the first national law school in the country which offers Mass Communication and Journalism as an optional subject, to the B.A.LL.B and B.B.A.LL.B students.
8. NLUO offers twenty four hours internet facility to its students and its teachers would be available to the students even beyond working hours.
9. Since Orissa is mineral rich state and has a long coastline, NLUO aims to concentrate on hitherto areas unexplored by law schools such as Mining Law, Marine Science Law, Water Law etc. 
10. NLUO’s state of the art Library, equipped with the latest online resources would afford students’ opportunities for sharpening their analytical skills through in-depth research for projects and moot courts.
11. NLUO would have an extensive range of exciting exchange programmes with leading law schools of India and abroad.

12. NLUO offers the possibility of Honours not only in B.A./B.B.A. but also in LL.B, in group likes Constitutional Law, Business Law, International Trade Law, International Law, Natural Resources Law, Crime and Criminology and Intellectual Property Law.

Following are the important dates regarding admission to the NLU Orissa in the coming session.


Issue of application 3rd May, 2009
Last date of submission of filled in application form 6th June, 2009
Admission Test 14th June, 2009
Publication of Result 26th June, 2009
Last date for confirmation by the candidates 26th June, 2009
Last date for confirmation by the candidates 10th July, 2009
for attending the counseling  
Date of Admission 18th July, 2009
Commencement of classes 20th July,2009

Application forms are available at

May 28th, 2009

150 students from Bhubaneswar are in the IIT JEE list (including the EML); 11 from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalay in Mundali make it

Following is an excerpt from a report in

A preliminary estimate puts the number of successful candidates from the State at about 200 – including those who secured All India Ranks (AIR) and those who figured in the extended merit list announced on Monday.

While 150 students are believed to have cleared the test from Bhubaneswar alone, 11 students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Mundali, in Cuttack notched up good ranks.

Initial reports said approximately 10 students from Berhampur and another 20 from Rourkela made it to the extended merit list.

This IIT success rate is probably the best ever in the State with one student, …

JNV, Mundali, where about 39 students were given special coaching for IIT, saw its student Abhisek Rai getting AIR 1,948 (placed 258th in OBC category list).

Another student, Pratapbandhu Solanki, has secured 12th rank in Scheduled Tribe (ST) category, whereas Sourav Ginnore got 232nd rank in Scheduled Caste category.

Similarly, Ravindra Chourase (324), Saroj Nayak (437), Ranu Choudhury (543), Rakesh Malick (692), Soumya Ranjan Sahoo (731), Nitesh Patra (831) and Kamlesh Ahirwar (953) are among the successful candidates in the SC list, school principal S B Rao said.

The private IIT tutorial institutions were ecstatic about the results. Akash Institute claimed at least 91 of its students cleared the all-India entrance.

Director A B Singh said 24 of its students were on the merit list, while the rest were on extended list.

Similarly, Vidwan claimed 56 students followed by Naidu with 11 and Kalinga Bharati with about 20 students.

… From Kharagpur zone, of 52,176 students, only 928 students qualified. The result percentage in Kharagpur zone is below 2 per cent. 

3 comments May 26th, 2009

MHRD sends appointment letter to IIT Bhubaneswar director designate

Update: IIT Bhubaneswar web page now lists Prof. Madhusudan Chakroborty as the director.

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

Functioning under temporary arrangement for over a year, the newly-created six IITs have now got their regular directors.

Prof U B Desai, Prof M K Surappa, Prof Sudhir Kumar Jain, Prof Prem Kumar Kalra, Prof Madhusudan Chakroborty and Prof Anil Bhowmick will head the IITs at Hyderabad, Ropar, Gandhinagar, Rajasthan, Bhubaneswar and Patna respectively.

"The Union Cabinet has given its go ahead for the appointment of the directors who were selected by the search committee. We have issued appointment letters to the new directors last week," a senior HRD ministry official said.

May 26th, 2009

OTV says that 300 Orissa students cracked the IIT entrance; Dharitri says 700 reports in that 300 Orissa students cracked the IIT entrance. If that means they qualify for the IIT then it is a great improvement over previous years. If the 300 includes the exttended merit list then one needs the data  regarding how many are in the EML and how many qualified for the IITs. If even half of the 300 qualified for IIT then also it is an improvement over the previous years. The article goes on to say:

The state students performed well only after the establishment of an IIT in Bhubaneswar recently.    

However, Orissa is still far behind other states. For example, 2000+ qualified from Andhra Pradesh. Comparable to Orissa is Gujarat from where 167 qualified to the IITs and 175 are in the extended merit list.

Update: Dharitri says 700 qualified from Orissa.

May 26th, 2009

Central University of Orissa, Koraput to start classes at COATS Koraput

Update: Hindu also reports on it. In regards to the location of the permanent campus, Hindu says the following:

While speaking very high about the proposed location for establishing the university which is situated between the railway station at Koraput and Danagadeola village over an area of 565 acres of government land she said that over the next five years the university could become one of the major attractions even for the tourists for its unique green campus resembling that of many world class university campuses in the other parts of the globe.

Following is an excerpt from a report in the Pioneer.

Vice-Chancellor of the Central University, Orissa, Dr Surabhi Banerjee informed that the classes in the university at Koraput would start from August this year. The university would function temporarily at the COATS (Council of Analytical Tribal Studies) and the courses would start from under-graduation to higher studies, she said.

…, the VC visited Deola village where the proposed university will be set up over 575 acres of land. … She thanked the district administration to locate such a suitable land and … After visit of the representatives from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the construction work would be carried out on their approval, she said.

There will be an entrance test for taking admission into the university and the entrance test would be conducted in around 15-16 centres all over India and for Orissa in Koraput, Bhubaneswar and Sambalpur. Subjects like English, Oriya, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Tribal Studies and Journalism and Mass Communication would be taught in the university, besides other higher and professional courses. Different kinds of schools will be opened on the campus like the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the head office of the university would function at Koraput and the transit office to recruit lecturers, readers, professors, management and other staff will function at Bhubaneswar, the VC informed.

The Central Government has approved the university for five years for the time being and the classes would start in the COATS which is being managed by Sabara Srikshetra Jagannath Mandir Management Committee and the existing Gyan Mandir, library and tribal museum are an added advantage for the students of the university, she said.

Among others, Registrar BK Mishra, Financial Advisor P Pati and Liaisoning Officer and Coordinator Ganesh Chandra Roul attended the Press conference.

7 comments May 25th, 2009

Review of Orissa’s plan on primary and higher secondary education for this year: Samaja

May 21st, 2009

Special Benefit for NISER students

Following is from

M.Sc. graduates of NISER who are interested to join BARC, will be given exemption from writing the Training School examination and will be directly eligible for interview.

Furthermore, NISER students interested in pursuing Ph.D. programme can be considered for K.S. Krishnan fellowship directly in any DAE institution.

1 comment May 21st, 2009

Four months part-time course for graduates possibly leading to a job in ICICI

1 comment May 17th, 2009

M.SC Computational Finance and B.Sc (Hons) in Math and Computing at Institute of Mathematics & Applications Bhubaneswar

May 15th, 2009

NISER unvelis its new web design; looks pretty

May 14th, 2009

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