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Hectic parleys to locate IIM site at Sambalpur

Acting swiftly on the five-point poser of the central government on facilities at Sambalpur for locating Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in the district, the state government on Sunday sent a team led by director of technical education and training, Bishnu Prasad Sahoo, to the western Odisha city to prepare its response.

During his two-day visit, Sahoo said he would hold discussions with the district administration on Monday to provide inputs to the state government for replying to the queries of ministry of human resources development in New Delhi on June 5.

“My visit to Sambalpur is an exercise to prepare a report on the HRD ministry’s queries. I visited the identified sites for a permanent campus and also assessed the possible temporary locations,” he said.

Sahoo said three campuses, the Sambalpur University Institute of Technology, Rengali Polytechnic and Maneswar ITI were identified as possible temporary locations depending on choice of permanent sites by the Centre at Goshala, Rengali or Jujomora respectively.

The government has earlier identified land at Brahmanipali village in Rengali block, Basantpur near Goshala in Dhankauda block and Neeldungri area under the Jujomura block.

Additional district magistrate Jyoti Kumar Lakra a meeting on the location for the permanent and temporary campus for the institute will be held at the office of the revenue divisional commissioner northern division on Monday.

The HRD ministry has sought clarifications from the state on details of infrastructure at Sambalpur, iconic business houses in the city, mega industrial units close to the proposed IIM and the details about the economic activities in and around Sambalpur besides possible job avenues for family members of the IIM staff.

The state government is in tizzy after the HRD ministry’s latest missive, which came three days after technical education secretary Asit Tripathy wrote it about state’s preparedness to locate the institute in Sambalpur and a request to start admission this academic session from a temporary location in the western Odisha city on May 25.

Before Tripathy’s letter, the HRD ministry had warned the state government that admissions to IIM in Odisha will not happen unless it identifies permanent site.

Shailendra Kumar, director (management) of HRD ministry had written a letter to the state technical education department that if a permanent site has not been decided in clear unequivocal terms, the academic session may not be started from 2015-16.

The state government is showing urgency because any delay in its response may result in no admission for the premier institution this academic year.

IIM Forum Seeks Audience with PM

Members of People’s Forum for Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Sambalpur have decided to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani over the State Government’s proposal to establish the proposed top B-school in Sambalpur.

Earlier, the State Government had recommended setting up the proposed IIM in Sambalpur city subject to relaxation in the Central guideline. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in a letter to Irani, had said that the Centre had asked State Government for its opinion in setting up the IIM in Western Odisha, particularly in Sambalpur region. The HRD Ministry asked the State Government to identify a location close to an airport. Hence, the State Government had restricted its choice to sites in and around Bhubaneswar. “However, if the Centre is willing to relax this guideline for site selection, the Odisha Government would strongly recommend Sambalpur as the location of the IIM,” Naveen wrote in his letter.

Speaking to mediapersons on Saturday, convener of the organisation, Sapan Mishra said they have sought an audience with the Prime Minister and Union HRD Minister in the last week of this month over the issue. He said a clear picture on IIM location in Odisha is yet to emerge.

“The Union HRD Minister has agreed to set up the IIM at Sambalpur provided the Odisha Government submits a formal proposal,” Mishra said, adding that they will inquire about the delay over the issue from the Union Minister.

Former vice-chancellor of Berhampur University, Aditya Padhi said the Chief Minister had himself said at the meeting of National Development Council recently that national institutes should be set up in backward areas of the State.

Two places for IIM in Western Odisha, State Govt.

With the increasing demand to set up IIM in Western Odisha, the State Govt. recommended two places in sambalpur to the Center
for setting up the permanent campus of the proposed educational institution based on a report of Sambalpur Collector.

The two sites are in Dhankouda and Jujumura blocks of the district. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had written to the Centre on March 2 for setting up IIM at Sambalpur in response to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s letter seeking opinion of the State Government for establishment of the institute in Western Odisha.

In the letter, the Chief Minister had said if the Centre is willing to relax guidelines for site selection, the State Government would strongly recommend Sambalpur as the location of the IIM.

Earlier, the HRD Ministry, as per its guideline, had asked the State Government to identify locations for the IIM close to an airport. The State Government had restricted its choice to places in  and around Bhubaneswar while making recommendations.

The State Government had recommended two places on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar for establishment of the IIM. The site selection committee of the HRD Ministry had also visited the two sites and recommended its findings.  It remains to be seen whether the Centre relaxes its guidelines for setting up the premier educational institution in view of the fresh recommendation made by the State Government.

Politics in Sambalpur for coming Polls

Political parties are playing game in Sambalpur by showing many dreams by their capabilities.

Ahead of elections to the Sambalpur municipal corporation, CM Naveen Patnaik on Monday recommends the Centre to set up the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Sambalpur under relaxed guidelines.

In a letter to Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Zubin Irani, Patnaik said: “If central government is willing to relax this guideline for site selection, then the state government strongly recommends Sambalpur in western Odisha as the location of IIM, Odisha.”

Earlier, the state government following the HRD ministry’s guidelines, had recommended setting up the proposed IIM in Bhubaneswar.

“I would like to inform you that while recommending the sites for IIM, the state government was constrained by the fact that the location should be close to an airport as per guidelines circulated by the HRD ministry,” said the chief minister.

He said the guidelines restricted the government’s choice to places in and around Bhubaneswar.

In a separate letter to Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Patnaik urged the setting up of two new Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) at Sambalpur and Berhampur.

Stating that the only PSK in Odisha, located at Bhubaneswar, serves 30 geographically dispersed districts, he said the citizens of western and southern districts experience immense difficulties in obtaining passports.

In 2014, about one lakh passports were issued by the PSK.

However, the Opposition Congress and BJP smelt politics in the government move.

“The central government had asked them to identify three places to set up an IIM in Odisha. But it identified two places in Bhubaneswar, ignoring the demand of Sambalpur. As Sambalpur will go to polls soon, there is a political intention behind the letter of the CM,” said BJP spokesperson Suresh Pujari.

Congress leader Pradip Majhi said Naveen Patnaik has embarked on election campaigning for Sambalpur.

Recently, Naveen Patnaik announced Rs.1,600 crore for various development projects in Sambalpur and also laid the foundation stones of various projects.

Central Status for Sambalpur Varsity Sought

Even as the State Government announced that an Open University would come up in Sambalpur, not satisfied with the crumbs the people of Western Odisha have reiterated their demand for Central university status to Sambalpur University.

The Open University was announced in a bid to pacify the agitators who have been demanding establishment of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

It was the Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan who had raised the issue during the foundation day celebration of Sambalpur University recently. He had said, “Since the university caters to backward areas of Western Odisha and will celebrate its golden jubilee after two years, there is a need for visible development in terms of education and infrastructure.”

A memorandum in this regard was also submitted to Pradhan by the members of Association of Students, Employees and Teachers (ASET) requesting him to pursue the matter with the Ministry of Human Resources Development.

Although the State Government had agreed on principle to confer the status on Sambalpur University around a decade back and sent a recommendation to the Centre, nothing has come out of it as yet.

The university has 180 colleges under it. Established in 1964, it is the only university in the State that covers the largest area of 12 districts in the region.

In 2004, the BJD Government wrote to the Centre, supporting the justification behind the demand. Again in 2008, the demand was raised by the students and teachers following the Centre’s declaration to establish a Central University in Odisha, but that was given to Koraput.

“Centralisation of the University will provide good exposure to students and largely contribute towards advanced research. Fee will also come down, particularly in self-financed courses,” said an official of Sambalpur University.

In the last five years, research in Sambalpur University had gone down due to lack of adequate number of teachers. The vacancies were filled up only last year.

Besides, it does not have accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), a quality rating autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC), as a result of which it is losing out on various UGC development grants.

NAAC accreditation for Sambalpur University ended in 2010 and it is yet to apply for re-accreditation.