Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Jun 15:
Taking strong exception to the dilly-dallying attitude of the Union HRD ministry which is scheduled to announce the site for the temporary and permanent campus of the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Sambalpur today, the Paschimanchal People’s Forum (PPF) has threatened to stage demonstration in front of the office of the ministry New Delhi within a week if it fails to make an announcement to this effect .
The Forum, in a review meeting held at the premises of Maa Samaleswari temple on Sunday, sent its memorandum in a fax and e-mail to prime minister Narendra Modi urging for his immediate intervention into the matter and requested him to direct the HRD ministry to announce the site for the temporary and permanent campus of the institute.
Besides, the Forum also requested chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who is currently on a five-day visit to New Delhi, to urgently take up the matter with the HRD minister Smriti Irani.
It also warned that the Centre and the state government would be held responsible for any law and order situation arising out of the issue in future.
“To facilitate the students to get admission in the proposed Odisha IIM in the current academic session, the Forum has urged the HRD ministry to announce the temporary and permanent campus of the institute within a week. The Forum has sent a fax message and e-mail to the Prime Minister requesting his immediate intervention in the matter. Besides, it has also requested the chief minister, who is currently on a five-day visit to New Delhi, to meet the HRD minister and the prime minister and take up the matter urgently”, said senior BJP leader and member of the Forum, Suresh Pujari.
The Forum alleged that efforts are on by a group of vested interest to disrupt the process of setting up of IIM in Sambalpur and deliberately delaying the process.
Referring to the issue, Employment and Technical Education minister Sanjay Das Burma said his department, on behalf of the state government, has submitted its report on the criteria and guidelines of the proposed IIM sought by the HRD ministry.
“I hope the ministry would send its site selection committee to visit the two sites in Sambalpur identified by the state government for temporary and permanent campus of the institute”, he added.
As per rules, the students who have cleared the entrance test for admission in the Odisha IIM, have to mention the name of the institute in their admission form.
However, they would be deprived of admission in the said institute this year if the HRD ministry fails to make a final announcement of the two sites of the institute before the admission takes place.