Archive for October, 2009

Latest status of the AIIMS-like institutions

Following is from PIB release

Update on AIIMS-like institutions tenders/nits worth Rs. 1908 Cr for the main civil packages for six new AIIMS-like institutions invited

17:38 IST

Government of India has launched the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) with the objective of correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable/reliable tertiary healthcare services and also to augment facilities for quality medical education and research in the country. Under the Ist phase of this scheme, six new AIIMS-like institutions are being set up, one each in the States of Bihar (Patna), Chattisgarh (Raipur), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Orissa (Bhubaneshwar), Rajasthan (Jodhpur) and Uttarakhand (Rishikesh) at an estimated cost of approximately Rs 820 Crores per institution. Each of these institution will have a 960 bedded hospital (500 beds for the medical college hospital; 300 beds for Specialty/Super Speciality departments; 100 beds for ICU/Accident and trauma. In addition 30 beds for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR) and 30 beds for Ayush have been kept. This would be full fledged multi-disiciplinary healthcare institution offering facilities in 42 speciality/super-speciality disciplines. Medical College will have an annual intake of 100 UG intake besides imparting PG/doctoral courses in various disciplines. Nursing College will also have 100 UG intake and 25 PG intake annually.

The respective State Governments have provided 100 acre land free of cost. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India engaged eminent architectural firms to prepare the designs and drawings. The architectural/DPR Consultants were selected on global competitive basis. The Project Consultants have also been selected for each site on the basis of open competitive bids. Project Cell at the sites comprising engineering, finance and administrative set up has been constituted and posts are being filled up on deputation basis from other Central Govt./State Govt. organizations.

The construction work has been split into 7 different packages, depending on the functional /sequential requirement and core specialization needs. Tenders/NITs for the main civil packages viz. (i) Civil works for Medical College, Nursing College, AYUSH and Hostels, (Patna, Raipur, Bhopal); and (ii) Civil works for Hospitals – OPD Complex including all internal services and specialized works are being invited. The total cost of these two packages is between Rs.250 – 300 Crore for each site, totaling Rs. 1908 Cr. for all six sites.

The salient features of the tenders /NITs issued on 2nd Nov. are as follows:-

(i) All detailed engineering drawings have been prepared.

(ii) Environmental clearance has been obtained for 5 out of 6 sites and is being obtained for the remaining site (Bhopal).

(iii) Medical College Complex will be built in 15 months time.

(iv) The Hospital – OPD complex is to be built in 24 months.

(iv) Apart from ensuring timely payment, there are very strong incentive clause for early completion with a bonus of 1% of the tendered value per month computed on per day basis, subject to maximum of 5%.

(v) Like-wise there is a strong disincentive clause/penalty if the project is delayed.

Pre-bid Conference is scheduled for 16th November, 2009. Last date of receipt of bids would be 3 Dec 2009


October 30th, 2009

Higher Education Task Force Ad in Samaja

1 comment October 30th, 2009

14 new polytechnics on the way; center to fund Rs 12.3 crores each for infrastructure, state to take care of the rest

Following is an excerpt from a report in

The Centre has sanctioned funds for establishment of Government polytechnics in 14 districts of the State.

Each of the institutes will receive a one time grant of Rs 12.30 crore from the Centre for infrastructure development while the State Government will take care of the recurring expenditure, including staff salary and administrative expenses.

The Government polytechnics will be located in districts having no such institutes.

Orissa has 13 technical institutes including three women polytechnics offering diploma courses in various trades. However, these institutes are limited to only nine districts and most of them are located in coastal region.

The new polytechnics will be opened in seven Naxal-affected districts of Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Gajapati, Sambalpur, Jajpur, Nayagarh and Deogarh.

The other districts selected for the Centrally assisted technical institutes are Boudh, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Sonepur.

Sites for the proposed polytechnics have been selected in respective district headquarters.

The Government will provide at least 10 acres of land for each of the polytechnics free of cost.

The new polytechnics will start functioning from the next academic session. …

According to a conservative estimate, each polytechnic will have at least 50 staff. The Government will take a decision on recruitment of staff on permanent or contractual basis.

The Government had already submitted a proposal to the Centre for financial assistance for opening Government polytechnics in the remaining seven districts.

3 comments October 29th, 2009

The state-wise list of agricultural universities in India

The following list of state agricultural universities is compiled from the information in This list is also available at the pages of Indian Agricultural Universities association.

Andhra Pradesh

  1. Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad
  2. Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Tirupati


  1. Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat


  1. Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa, Samastipur


  1. Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur


  1. Anand Agricultural University, Anand
  2. Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagarh
  3. Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari
  4. Sardarkrushinagar-Dantiwada Agricultural University, Bansakantha


  1. Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar


  1. CSK Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur
  2. Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar Univ of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan

J & K

  1. Sher-E-Kashmir Univ of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Jammu
  2. Sher-E-Kashmir Univ of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar


  1. Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi


  1. University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
  2. University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad
  3. Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidar


  1. Kerala Agricultural University, Trichur

Madhya Pradesh

  1. Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Jabalpur


  1. Dr Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Ratnagiri
  2. Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola
  3. Maharashtra Animal Science & Fishery University, Nagpur
  4. Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri
  5. Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani


  1. Orissa Univ. of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar


  1. Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University, Ludhiana
  2. Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana


  1. Maharana Pratap Univ. of Agriculture & Technology, Udaipur
  2. Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner

Tamil Nadu

  1. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore
  2. Tamil Nadu Veterinary & Animal Science University, Chennai


  1. Chandra Shekar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur
  2. Narendra Deva University of Agriculture & Technology, Faizabad
  3. Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel Univ. of Agriculture & Technology, Meerut
  4. UP Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhaya Pashu Chikitsa Vigyan Vishwa Vidhyalaya evam Go Anusandhan Sansthan, Mathura


  1. Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar

West Bengal

  1. Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Kalyani
  2. Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Cooch Bihar
  3. West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences, Kolkata


  1. Central Agricultural University, Imphal

The  Indian Agricultural Universities association also includes the following deemed universities,

and the following university that has programs in Agriculture

  • BHU

5 comments October 26th, 2009

What is a good location for a proposed second agricultural university in Orissa?

Regardless of the attempt to industrialize Orissa, for a long time to come a large number (perhaps majority) of people in Orissa will still use agriculture for their livelihood. Also various reports mention that Agriculture is the top focus of the current government in Orissa. With that in mind, I am thinking to push for a second Agricultural University in Orissa. Many other states already have more than one agricultural university. (See the lists here, here, the ICAR list and the wikipedia entry.) I  would like feedback on what would be a good location for the second Agricultural University in Orissa.

My initial instinct says Bhawanipatna/Kesinga, as I have heard about Kalahandi’s agricultural potential; also that location creates a good geographical balance. That was probably one of the main reasons the government earlier announced an agricultural college in Bhawanipatna. If I could get some more supporting data and arguments I would like to push that the proposed agricultural college in Bhawanipatna be made into a university and become the second Agricultural University in Orissa.

41 comments October 26th, 2009

Math Olympiad Orissa – last date of receiving applications is 15th Nov 2009

1 comment October 25th, 2009

IIT Bhubaneswar has a new web page

IIT Bhubaneswar has unveiled a new web page. It looks very good. Based on the information there it currently has 16 regular faculty in its five schools including the Director. They are:

October 24th, 2009

ICFAI identifies 53 acres near SUM Hospital for its University in Bhubaneswar

Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard.

Hyderabad-based Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (Icfai), which is aiming to set up a multi-disciplinary university in Orissa at an investment of Rs 150-200 crore, has identified 53 acres of land for the university.

The land has been identified close to Sum Hospital on the outskirts of the city. Out of the total land area of 53 acres, Icfai has got 11 acres of land registered for the university project.

… The university project in Orissa has been marred by delay as the Icfai Private University Bill is yet to be introduced in the state legislative assembly.

The Icfai Private University Bill would be introduced soon in the forthcoming session of the Orissa legislative assembly, claimed Noorus.

Icfai had earlier announced that its proposed university in Orissa would be functional eighteen months after the Icfai Private University Bill became an Act.

The Icfai University in Orissa would have no management quota, NRI quota or capitation fee. The university would have strength of about 1,500 students and offer courses in various disciplines like engineering, management, law, science and humanities.

Apart from Orissa, Icfai is also setting up universities in other states across the country. States like Uttaranchal, Tripura, Sikkim, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Jharkhand have passed the legislations facilitating the establishment of Icfai universities.

The proposed Icfai universities in Uttaranchal and Tripura have received the approval of the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 2 (f) of the UGC Act.

Other states like Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan have already issued letters of intent to Icfai for setting up universities.

The Orissa government needs to be careful with respect to ICFAI. Earlier this year there have been controversies regarding  its operation in Hyderbad and in Bangalore.

1 comment October 24th, 2009

Effort continues for ESIC medical college in Rourkela

The following two reports from Dharitri and Samaja are obtained from

From Dharitri:

From Samaja:

2 comments October 23rd, 2009

Plans afoot for Rural areas: rural universities in each backward and tribal clusters across India

Following is an excerpt from a report in India Journal.

The government of India is planning to establish 10,000 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in rural areas across the country for imparting technical training to youths.

Minister of State for Planning V Narayanasamy announced this while inaugurating the first national convention of rural institutes, organized by the National Council of Rural Institutes, here Oct 19.

“We have opened the flood gates for foreign investment in the education sector. Our thrust is on expanding the educational infrastructure in the rural areas by opening more institutes and universities,” the minister said.

He said plans were afoot to set up one rural university in each backward and tribal clusters across the country. Besides, 25,000 schools would also be set up in rural areas under the Public-Private Partnership mode.

Some of the existing Rural Universities in India are:

Looking for the "New Education Policy of the Nation reflects the principles evolved here in developing the rural university concept " I came across the document at which mentions this policy, but this policy was made in 1986 and revised in 1992. There is no mention of "Rural Universities" in the 11th plan. I guess the minster’s staement above may be referring to the upcoming 12th plan. If that is the case, it is a great idea to pursue it now.

If indeed as the minsiter says, a rural university is established in each backward and tribal clusters across the country Orissa could go after at least 3 such universities: one in the KBK district cluster, one in the Gajapati-Kandhamal district cluster and one in Sundergarh-Mayurbhanj-Keonjhar district cluster. In this regard we must watch out the pages of the National Council of Rural Institutes.

October 23rd, 2009

Update on Central University of Orissa Koraput

Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard.

The newly established Central University of Orissa at Koraput aims to set up five new schools in the academic session of 2010.

The proposed new schools include the School of Basic Sciences, School of Health Sciences, School of Development Studies, School of Indigenous Studies and School of Biodiversity Studies.

… The new schools would offer courses in subjects like mathematics, economics, nursing, pharmacy and community health.”For starting the School of Health Sciences, the Central University of Orissa is mulling tie-ups with Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi and for School of Community and Public Health with the University of Minnesota, US.

The Central University of Orissa will set up a Centre for Peace and Sustainable Development next year. The University also intends to run joint research projects and programmes with the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, New Delhi. The Central University plans to offer PHD in five subjects- English, Hindi, sociology, anthropology as well as journalism and mass communication from 2010.

“We are going to sign a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the British Council for holding English language teaching workshops once in every three months. Our university will also enter into a MoU with the Chennai Mathematical Institute University (CMIU) and under this MoU, the faculty from CMIU will visit our campus from the 2010 academic session”, said Banerjee.

At present, the Central University of Orissa has two schools- School of Languages and School of Social Sciences. While the School of Languages offers post graduate programmes in English and Hindi; the School of Social Sciences offers post graduate courses in sociology, anthropology as well as journalism and mass communication.

Now the following is from Dharitri.

One needs to take note of the underlined sentence. I think in future when we have central institutions in "remote" areas, we should at least let it start for a year in a less remote location so that when they are depending on visiting faculty they are able to attract them. Once they hire permanent faculty the remoteness of the location will become less relevant.

4 comments October 23rd, 2009

Two great feedback to the Higher Education Task Force

Earlier in I mentioned the mechanism to provide formal feedback to the Higher Education Task Force. I have received some feedback. Among them I highlight two of them below as they are good examples of feedback that has a good chance of having an impact.

The first one is about the Paradeep region. The complete feedback is at Following is an excerpt from that feedback.

  1. To develop and upgrade the Orissa Maritime Institute, Paradeep excellence at par with a world class institute. 
  2. To start a National Institute of Port Management at Paradeep on the lines of Fire institute, Nagpur well equipped for port engineering and designing,  keeping the new upcoming port in the state and the country. 
  3. To  start a National Marine Research Institute specifically keeping the Olive ridley, mangroves, and marine ecology in the surrounding area.

This feedback is extremely valuable as I had no idea that there was a Orissa Maritime Institute in Paradeep. It proposes institute that are very specific to Paradeep and it is obvious how Paradeep is the right location for these institutes. I would request others to consider giving feedback in a similar style: specific to a particular location. If one has ideas and knowledge about multiple locations, then please consider giving them separately. One can of course give feedback in whatever style they want. But my gut instinct is that feedback in the above style has a higher chance of having an impact. The task force just has to look at the bullet points and if convinced add it to the specific plans for that region.

Here is another example of a good feedback. It is about the Hinjilicut region and the complete feedback is at Following is an excerpt.

A. Science College, Hinjilicut (Established in 1963) is the 2nd best College in the district after Khallikote College, Berhampur. There is a long demand for opening PG Stream Courses with MBA and MCA!!! Hope you would take care by converting its Status to an Autonomous College as a best regard to this district.

B. Women’s College: In memory to Late Gyan Patnaik, request to open a Women’s college (at least a State level institute) at Hinjilicut as you can notice towns like Bhanjanagar / Aska / Chatrapur / Digapahandi are having Women’s college, but we are yet to start a Women’s college in this Town.

The complete list of areas that I hope to be able to push for is at Based on my knowledge I have made some initial bullet points for some of those areas. I would appreciate your feedback on specific areas in that list.


4 comments October 22nd, 2009

Samaja op-ed in support of Vedanta University

1 comment October 22nd, 2009

Orissa Maritime Academy in Paradip offers 6-month courses for class X pass students

The web page of this institute is Following is an excerpt from its page

The curriculum has been designed to impart an integrated and comprehensive training as per the standard of International Maritime Organization and guidelines issued by the Director General of Shipping, Government of India. The course has covered all aspects of seafaring profession to Deck and Engine Ratings.

Apart from the theory and in-house practical classes, the trainees are exposed to extensive practical training onboard Port crafts, Marine Workshop, Electrical Workshop of Paradip Port Trust as per convenience of Paradip Port Authority. The trainees are also given physical, parade and swimming training. The Academy organizes a number of ships’ visit to different types of ships berthed at Paradip Port.  The medium of instruction is in English only. The trainees have to undergo the following STCW (Standard of Training Certification and Watch-keeping) courses during the training period at their own cost.

    • Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
    • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF)
    • Elementary First Aid (EFA)
    • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR)
    • Oil Tanker Familiarization Course (OTFC) optional

Course offered:

Pre-sea General Purpose Rating Training.(Ship’s crew) Duration: 6(six) months, compulsory residential.


Educational qualification:

Pass in 10th standard from a recognized Board with Science, Mathematics and English as subjects. Candidates should have 40% in aggregate in 10th standard and (40% in English either in 10th or in +2 levels.)


Must have completed 17½ years and must be below 25 years of age as on date of commencement of course.

Medical standard:

All the candidates should be physically fit for the sea service as per Merchant Shipping Act (Medical Examination for Seafarers) Rules, 2000. Eyesight should be 6/6 with normal vision – no colour blindness and height – 158 cm, weight – 48 kgs.

How to apply:

Application forms and prospectus are to be downloaded from our website and completed application forms should be submitted to the Academy along with a demand draft of Rs.100/-(one hundred) and attested xerox copy of relevant documents.

Selection procedure:

The intake capacity of the Academy is 40(forty) per batch. In case eligible candidates do not receive any call letter prior 10 days before commencement of the course, they should contact the Academy over telephone to inquire about the status of their application form. The training commences on 1st of January and 1st of July every year.

The short listed (eligible) candidates will be called to the Academy for selection. In the selection procedure, the candidate has to undergo a medical test. In order to ascertain the merit of the candidates, the Academy may conduct a written and viva-voce test in English. The applicant will have to attend the above tests at their own expenses at Paradip.

The selection will be on strictly merit basis. There will be a reservation of 15% of seats for SC/ST candidates and 10% for the children of Paradip Port Trust employees. However, if the number of required candidates in the above categories is not available, the vacancy will be offered to the general candidates.

Course fees:

The course fees is Rs.50,000/- (Rupees fifty thousand only). The entire fee is payable in one installment in shape of a demand draft drawn in favour of “Orissa Maritime Academy” payable at Paradip on the date of admission. The course fee includes tuition fees, uniform, boarding and lodging during the stay in the academy.

No stipend is payable during the training period. As per D.G Shipping orders, 50% discount in course fees will be given to female candidates.

The candidate has to deposit caution money of Rs.5000/- (Rupees five thousand only), which will be refunded to him/her without any interest after adjusting the claim of the Academy towards any loss/damage/fine for any indiscipline act. The course fees for five STCW courses are extra to be borne by candidates.

Hostel facility:
The Academy has got its own hostel inside the premises, which provides lodging and boarding. Each trainee will be provided with a cot, cupboard, bed sheet, mosquito net, pillow with cover, mattress, utensils etc.

After completing the Pre-Sea Training (G.P.) and STCW’95 Basic Safety Courses, the successful trainees are eligible to obtain the Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC) from the Shipping Master, Government of India. The Academy will provide required assistance to the individual candidates to obtain the CDC.



32 comments October 22nd, 2009

Orissa Education and HRD related headlines from our sister site in Twitter (August 20 – October 20 2009)

Our sister site in Twitter is (Often when we are busy or do not feel like writing a full posting here, we post a micro-blog in our Twitter sister site. The Twitter sister site also automatically adds the headline from this site and the orissagrowth site. Once in a  while we will collect those headlines here. But readers wanting a broader and more immediate coverage should consider following our Twitter site at Following are some selected items from that site between August 20th and October 20th 2009.

  • IGNOU to start 5 vocational training and educational programs in Kandhamal, Orissa.
  • IIIT Bhubaneswar inaugurated. Article mentions an Entrepreneurship Development Inst. having been established. Where?
  • Max Phd prod in US between 99 & 03: Berkeley 2175, Seoul nanl U 1655, Nanl Taiwan U 1190, & Beijing Univ 1153.
  • Indian Inst of Legal Metrology (IILM) at Ranchi, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Bangalore & Faridabad have microbalance m/c. The microbalance m/cs can be used to detect forged signatures. They can detect exact wt of objects of relatively small mass like a signature.
  • India needs more civil engineers. IIT Bhubaneswar only new IIT to offer it. Kudos to Prof. Acharya for his foresight.
  • 2009 World Bank Rept: Secondary education in India : universalizing opportunity. pdf Vol 1 Vol 2
  • Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Orissa to have a department and programs in disability studies.
  • RT @betwasharma Rugby in Orissa Nice article about Rugby in KISS, Bhubaneswar.
  • Orissa CM asks for more SAI Centres in tribal districts like Koraput, Malkangiri, Keonjhar, Sundergarh and Mayurbhanj.
  • Prof. Anil Gupta, of National Innovation Foundation mentions about a herbal fruit ripener from Orissa to ripen bananas.
  • Kapil Sibal: Will set up 1,000 polytechs, and make them quality institutions; community colleges that give diplomas.
  • The recent (Sept 10) AIIMS Bhubaneswar tender document is at  
  • Orissa govt’s plan for PPP based medical colleges in Balasore, Rayagada and Naraj may be related to GOI initiatives.
  • Health Ministry: PPP to upgrade district hospitals to medical colleges will be allowed in NE states, hilly states and backward states.
  • Health Ministry: New medical colleges in metros to go vertical. Min required land reduced from 25 to 10 acres.
  • Health ministry: Out of the 6 AIIMS-like institutes, 4 in Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna and Rishikesh have got clearance.
  • HRD minister Kapil Sibal proposes a National Higher Education Finance Corporation (NHEFC) to finance higher education.
  • CRRI Cuttack ( #Orissa ) scientists have crossed soft rice (komal saul ) with high yielding rice and obtained a hybrid.
  • North Orissa University, Baripada awards 368 PG, 26 M.Phil and 6 Ph.D degrees this yr. More such univs needed. #Orissa
  • Qualcomm & Premji Fndn to provide wireless broadbnd to schools. Pilot: 40 in Gujarat, Karnataka, #Orissa & Rajasthan.
  • NIFT will have a 10 acre campus in Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar. Classes to start in temporary digs in Jan-Feb.
  • Nice op-ed by IIMA Prof. T T Ram Mohan on why IITs and IIMs need not immediately broaden to full-fledged universities.
  • Kapil Sibal while inaugurating CUO Koraput Centre keen to setup international standard educational institutions via PPP
  • Kapil Sibal Companies shd setup such institutes to help students pursue higher studies in India instead of going abroad
  • Sam Pitroda in : we need to expand more colleges, more universities, more research programs, more teachers, …
  • Sam Pitroda in : Overall expansion requires not only participation from government, but also from the private sector.
  • Prince dance group plan to open a dance academy in #Berhampur #Orissa. Samaja reports that CM will give 1 cr for that.
  • In Lanjigarh, Kalahandi (Orissa) Vedanta Resources runs a public school in partnership with DAV.
  • Vedanta University Project adds 139 to take the total number of students it sponsors for studying in DAV school to 414.
  • Central MOS Srikant Jena unsuccessful in convincing central gov. for a medical college in Balasore. At least he tried.

October 22nd, 2009

Institute of Material Sciences Bhubaneswar gets more promises on its 9th board meeting

Following is from Dharitri.

October 21st, 2009

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