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Process to identify suitable location for IIM Odisha begins

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 2:

The Odisha government has started the process of  identifying land for the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) to be set up in the state with Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco), asking four district collectors to identify 200 acres of land each in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Brahmapur and Sambalpur for the institute.

The Idco CMD Vishal Dev has issued letters to district collectors of Khordha, Cuttack, Sambalpur and Ganjam to identify 200 acres of land for setting up of the B-School in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur and Brahmapur cities respectively latest by September 10.

Vishal Dev, who is also the Secretary, Industries department , said in his letter “As discussed you are requested to identify a patch of land measuring 200 acres and submit the details of such land with land schedule and map to Idco for taking further action”.

Earlier,  the Union Human Resource Development ministry had asked the Odisha government to provide free land measuring 200 acre in the state for the establishment of  Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

The Union HRD secretary Ashok Thakur had in a letter to the state government had made it clear that the land for the proposed IIM must be free from litigation and should be situated in a city that has better rail, road and air connectivity. The letter had asked state government to suggest two or three probable locations for establishment of the premier management institute, following which a site selection committee of the department would visit the state to finalize the location.

There have been demands from people of several districts to set up the proposed IIM (Indian Institute of Management)  in their respective areas ever since Odisha IIM was added as a choice for candidates appearing in the Common Aptitude Test (CAT) in November this year.

People in Brahmapur, Rourkela and Sambalpur, Baleswar, and very recently Balangir, have been demanding that the premier institute be set up in their area.

The Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley had announced the establishment of four new IIMs, including one in Odisha in July this year.