Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 13:
Uncertainty is looming large over admission in the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Odisha from the current academic session this year.
While regular classes in the new IIMs in other states is scheduled to begin from July, Odisha is still engaged in the exercise to finalise the location of the elite business school.
While the state government has already submitted its report to the Union HRD ministry on selection of sites for temporary and permanent campuses of the institute a week ago, there has been no response from the ministry till date.
As per the admission schedule of IIM-Indore, the mentor of IIM-Odisha, the last date of admission and registration of eligible students is June 26 and July 9 respectively while classes will commence from July 13.
Besides IIM-Indore, admission process in 12 old IIMs and five new IIMs will be over by June-end. However, there is no announcement on the date of admission in the Odisha IIM. The admission process in the B School has been delayed due to delay in the identification of temporary and permanent campuses and appointment of teaching faculty. As a result, doubts have been raised on the commencement of regular classes in the institute in the 2015-16 academic session.
“The location of the temporary and permanent campuses of the institute at Sambalpur has not been finalised. Besides, there has been no appointment of teaching faculty. Considering the above, commencement of regular classes in the institute is highly unlikely from this year,” said Prof Satya Bhusan Das, Associate Professor, IIM, Lucknow.
It may be mentioned that the state government had submitted a report to the HRD ministry on June 5 this on the location of two prospetive sites for the institute in Sambalpur, availability of existing infrastructure in the city, existing well-known business establishments and mega industries, communication network and facitilies for the IIM staff.
The state government had requested the ministry to send its site selection committee to visit the proposed site, but sources in the ministry said there would be delay in the visit of the committee to Sambalpur.
Since the site for the permanent campus of the institute has not been finalised, there would be further delay in the selection of the temporary campus of the institute.
“There has been no reply from the HRD ministry. We are waiting for the response of the Centre. On the basis of the response, we will take necessary action in future,” said Employment and Technical Education minister Sanjay Das Burma.