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IIM Odisha to be set up in Bhubaneswar

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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.

IIMThe 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.

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  1. It was fait accompli to have IIM near BHUBANESWAR for the parameters were so selected that it was not possible elsewhere .

  2. WHICH PARAMETERS ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ? SOME OTHER PROPOSED IIMS DONT HAVE AIRPORT, IT IS THE CUTTACK-BBSR LOBBY WHICH WORKS HERE. THIS IS CLEAR REGIONAL DISPARITY TRIGGERING SEPARATE STATE DEMAND FOR SOUTHERN AND WESTERN ODISHA

    • Which IIM is not close to a full fledged airport? Rohtak, Kozhikode, Trichy, Udaipur, Indore, Raipur? They are all very close to such airports. Even IIM Kashipur is only 70 kms away from Pantnagar airport. One possible exception would be IIM Shillong. But then the NE states hardly have any infrastructure. Nevertheless the NE region as a whole deserves national level educational institutions. Besides, Shillong is less than 100 kms away from Guwahati airport anyway.

      All but two of the IIMs are in Tier-I or Tier-II cities with excellent infrastructure comparable to, or better than Bhubaneswar. The remaining two locations (Kashipur and Shillong) are in the midst of such picturesque surroundings – major tourist attractions, that it makes setting up IIMs there attractive enough.

      Which well-qualified IIM faculty, including those with degrees from USA, Europe or Australia would ever want to live in a relatively small Tier III city in western Odisha? Would any city be able to host international level symposia? Only Bhubaneswar has enough hotels and an upcoming international convention and trade center.

      The bottom line is that an IIM in Western Odisha simply would not be able to flourish. It would be destined to fail even before the first brick is laid.

      Let us keep politics out of education, please. The purpose of the IIMs are to serve the whole state as well as bordering areas, and for the nation as a whole. The IIMs, IITs, AIIMS, IISERs, etc. are not there to cater to any particular city or district alone.

      Underdeveloped areas in Odisha, Bihar, and Chattisgarh should be demanding better infrastructure first, such as roads, railways, schools, hospitals, and industries before thinking about IIMs.

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