Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Sep 2:
While the authorities of IIM-Indore have decided to commence regular classes for IIM-Sambalpur at its temporary campus from September 23, poor intake of students and the reluctance of faculties to join the institute have posed a major headache for the Odisha government.
Sources said out of a total strength of 60 students, only 12 have taken admission in IIM-Sambalpur. Worse still, five out of these 12 students have applied to withdraw their applications for admission in the institute after finding that the makeshift campus lacks basic infrastructure.
Considering the pitiable scenario, the department of Employment and Technical Education & Training is now in a fix as to how the classes can commence with just seven students.
In another major headache for the government, none of the faculties of IIM-Indore are willing to come over to IIM-Sambalpur. Sources said 12 faculties of IIM-Indore, in a letter to Union HRD ministry, have expressed their unwillingness to impart teaching at IIM-Sambalpur.
Besides IIM-Indore, faculties of other IIMs have expressed their unwillingness citing family problems and lack of transport facilities to the institute.
Sources said the HRD ministry has planned to shift the students of IIM-Sambalpur to other IIMs.
Apprehending that there is a possibility that the state might lose IIM from Sambalpur, the Odisha government has convened a high-level meeting on September 7.
The meeting, to be presided over by Development Commissioner, will discuss the classes in IIM-Sambalpur and acquisition of land for the permanent campus of the institute.
The meeting would be attended by the additional secretary, ET&ET, director, IIM-Indore, secretaries of Water Resources and Agriculture and collector of Sambalpur.