Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 10:
After prolonged uncertainty over the functioning of the premier B-school, classes at the newly set up Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in the western Odisha city of Sambalpur would finally start from September 24.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Development Commissioner Upendra Nath Behera at the state secretariat here today. Representative of the mentor institute (IIM-Indore), Sambalpur Collector and officials of the state government participated in the meeting.
“While 30 of the 60 allotted seats have been filled up, the remaining seats will likely be taken up by September 15. Registration will be done and orientation programme will be conducted a day before the starting of classes on September 23,” said Prof Pawan Kumar Singh, co-ordinator IIM-Indore after the meeting.
Initially, seven professors from the mentor institute and guest faculties would take the classes of first-year students. In due course of time, more teaching staff would be added to the college within the next two-three months, sources said.
“There will be no problems for the students and faculties of IIM. Separate accommodation facilities have been made for them at the temporary campus—Silicon Institute of Technology. Besides, the state government has started the process of handing over land near Basantpur for the permanent campus of IIM-Sambalpur,” LN Gupta, secretary Employment, Technical Education and Training (ET &T) said.
Uncertainty was looming large over commencement of classes at IIM-Sambalpur due to poor intake of students and the reluctance of faculties to join the institute. Some students had even applied to withdraw their applications for admission in the institute after finding that the makeshift campus lacks basic infrastructure.
Besides, the faculties of IIM-Indore had expressed their reservation to come over to IIM-Sambalpur to impart teaching at IIM-Sambalpur.
Notably, studies at three of the six new IIMs are yet to take off. While the classes at Nagpur (Maharashtra), Bodh Gaya (Bihar) and Amritsar (Punjab) have commenced this year, the academic session at Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Sirmaur (Himachal Pradesh) and Sambalpur (Odisha) is yet to begin.