Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 7:
Although the Odisha government had shortlisted and recommended 12 locations across six districts to the Centre, it has decided to set up the permamnent campus of the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Bhubaneswar, a reliable source said today.
The state government, the source said, has already finalised three locations on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar- Gothapatna, Argul and Jatni. A formal proposal to this effect will be sent soon to the Union Human Resources Development (HRD), the source added.
Although it is being said that easy availability of encumbrance-free land, infrastructural facilities such as international airport and express train connectivity have prompted the state government to take such a decision, the riding factor appears to have been political expediency. The chief minister, according to the source, wanted to steer clear of possible backlash from regional lobby groups over the site selection.
It is worthwhile mentioning that there were pressurez from various civil society organisations and political leaders from backward areas in favour of locations situated in their respective areas, forcing the government to form a panel to decide on the probable locations.
Sources in the state government, however, argued that since the HRD ministry insisted on a location which can be reached within one hour journey from the airport, there was little option than opting for Bhubaneswar as the final location.
IIM Odisha has already been added as a choice for candidates appearing the Common Aptitude Test (CAT) this month.
However, there is every likelihood of a controversy breaking out over the choice of Bhuabneswar as the site for the permanent campus of IIM.