Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 29:
The Odisha government has decided to locate the temporary campus of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Sambalpur in the campus of Silicon Institute of Technology.
The Employment and Technical Education & Training department of the state government took the decision at a high level meeting held at the state secretariat here on Tuesday.
“IIM Indore, the mentor of IIM Sambalpur. has preferred Silicon Institute of Technology for the temporary campus of IIM Sambalpur. In a letter to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, IIM Indore has given its preference for the temporary campus and has marked a copy to us. Since the mentor institute has selected Silicon Institute of Technology for its convenience, the Employment and Technical Education & Training department of the state government has green signaled it. They e listed certain infrastructural requirements for IIM Sambalpur. Whichever out of them is not there, we will be very soon providing it,” informed P K Das, additional secretary Employment and Technical Education & Training department.
It was decided at the meeting that the temporary campus of IIM Samabalpur will be located in the campus of Silicon Institute of Technology till 2019. If required, the temporary campus of the IIM will operate from there till construction of the permanent campus is completed. Very soon, an agreement will be signed between Silicon Institute of Technology and Central Public Works Department (CPWD) in the presence of officials of the Employment and Technical Education & Training department. The term of the agreement will be for a period of four years, revealed official sources.
According to a decision taken by mentor IIM Indore, the IIM Sambalpur will admit 70 students each year till the fourth year. Classes will begin at the institute from September this year. Five conference halls, Wi-Fi campus, separate hostels for men and women, dining hall, requisite number of classrooms etc. have been asked for the purpose.
A joint team of the Roads & Buildings Division and CPWD will make a visit and extend whatever help is required, said sources.
Notably, the central team had shortlisted Sambalpur University Institute of Information Technology (SUIIT) and Silicon Institute of Technology for the temporary campus of the Sambalpur IIM.