Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 18:
Ending the logjam, a Central team will visit Odisha’s Sambalpur on June 25 to assess the location of the permanent and temporary campuses for the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM).
The two-member Central team will be accompanied by two senior officials— Umesh Mishra, chief engineer CPWD and secretary, Employment and Technical Education, Asit Tripathy—of the state government.
This was informed by Employment and Technical Education minister Sanjay Das Burma here today.
The state government had initially recommended Bhubaneswar. However, following a letter by the Union HRD minister Smriti Irani seeking opinion of the state government on Sambalpur as site for the proposed IIM, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lost no opportunity to recommend Sambalpur to appease the people of western Odisha, who were peeved over the setting up of all national level institutions in the capital city.
The Chief Minister had written a letter to the Union HRD minister on March 5 this year saying the proposed IIM can be set up in Sambalpur if guidelines of the Centre can be relaxed.
Patnaik’s letter was in reply to the Union Minister’s letter seeking the state government’s opinion on Sambapur as a site for the proposed institute of national importance.
The state government had submitted a report to the HRD ministry on June 5 this year on the location of two prospective sites for the institute in Sambalpur, availability of existing infrastructure in the city, existing well-known business establishments and mega industries, communication network and facilities for the IIM staff.
The state government had requested the ministry to send its site selection committee to visit the proposed site.