Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 28:
The temporary campus of the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Odisha is likely to be located in Bhubaneswar.
Reliable sources said the state government is likely to propose to set up the temporary campus of the premier institute in the capital city at today’s meeting of secretaries of Technical Education and Training of the six states where new IIMs have been proposed, in Delhi.
The meeting will take up issues of location of temporary campuses of the proposed IIMs, allotment of 200 acres of encumbrance-free land free of cost, registration of the society for constitution of IIM, board of governors etc.
As per the criteria laid down by the Union Human Resources Development ministry the proposed site of the IIM should have a functional airport in close proximity.
Since the IIT-Bhubaneswar will be shifting from its temporary campus here to its new campus at Argul from 2015-2016 academic year, the state government will propose to house the proposed IIM in the state at the present temporary campus of the IIT till the Union HRD ministry zeroes in on any one of the sites suggested by the state government, sources said.
The Industrial and Infrastructural Development Corporation of Odisha (IIDCO) has recently forwarded the reports of the collectors of seven districts on the choice of possible sites for the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in the state to the Employment and Training and Technical Education (ET&T) department.
After studying these reports, the ET&T department would submit a final report to the state government on the best possible sites for the proposed IIM.
It may be mentioned that following the approval of the Centre for the setting up of IIM in Odisha, several organizations, local representatives and think-tanks of 10 districts—Khordha, Cuttack, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Koraput, Puri, Ganjam, Bolangir, Baleswar and Angul—had urged the state government to set up the institute in their respective districts.