Archive for April, 2010

Sambalpur University Institute of Information Technology

Following information is taken from SUIIT web page: 

SUIIT is established as an autonomous institute in the line of IIITs to impart training in the areas relating to Information Technology. This year the institute will offer programmes in BTech(CSE) and BTech(ECE) and other postgraduate programmes such as MSc and MTech. SUIIT’s BTech programme is a holistic academic programme which includes training in humanities, management science and basic science besides the technical subjects. The training has design orientation and it is research-based.
The admission is primarily on AIEEE score and some seats will be for OJEE and for IIT/JEE. Students are requested to submit their application in the prescribed format alongwith the copy of the scorecard. Students with 60% marks in +2 level with Physics and Mathematics are eligible to apply. The weightage of 10th marks and 12th marks will also be taken into consideration while preparing the merit list.
Main Fee Structure
    BTech Programme
1. Tuition Fee Rs. 35,000 per Semester
2. Institutional Development Fund Rs. 30,000 per Annum
3. Professional Society Membership Fee- Rs 1,500 per Annum
4. Caution Money (refundable) 2Rs. 10,000 one time



The Institute has currently the following adjunct faculty members:

1. Prof. Arun K. Pujari, Vice-Chancellor, Sambalpur University (former Professor of Computer Science University of Hyderabad)
2. Prof. Shashanka Shekhar Pujari, Prof & HoD, Embedded System & Design and Advanced Microelectronics & VLSI Design, IIIT (I Square IT),Pune
3. Prof. Prasanna Sahoo (Ron),Prof of Mathematics, University of Kentucky, Louiseville, USA
4. Prof. Abdul Sattar, PhD, Director, Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems, Giffith University, Australia
5. Dr K.S. Naik, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada
6. Subrat Kumar Dash, Assistant Professor, LNM IIT, Jaipur
7. Dr Sbiha Kumar Udgata, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
8. Dr Vineet P Nayaar, University of Hyderabad
9. Prof S Bapi Raju, University of Hyderabad
10. Dr Priyadarshi Tripathy, IT Professional, Former CISCO Manager

Infrastructural Facilities
The Institute has well furnished electronics and programming laboratory with separate in- campus hostel facilities for boys and girls having wi-fi internet facility. There is a separate center for soft skill development and industry sponsored short term certificate courses like CCNA, ORACLE and JAVA.
Sambalpur University Institute of Information Technology (SUIIT)
Jyoti Vihar 768 019, Sambalpur (Orissa)

The application form and other details will be available in this site soon.


April 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm 1 comment

Left canal of Indravati dam near Kasibahal, Kalahandi broke out; Spreads resentment among the farmers

Following is a report from The Samaja:

April 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment

Special census for Kalahandi Balangir Koraput (KBK) region demanded

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

A national census awareness campaign was organised here by Masiha Bichar Manch-Kalahandi,a society, that was inaugurated by District Collector RS Gopalan on Wednesday.

The campaign was held amid a gathering of thousands of people at Sapduhuni village of Baddharpur gram panchayat under Narla block. The manch would mainly emphasise on census awareness where a committee would be formed with the help of its volunteers starting from villages to GPs and than block level who would monitor all the day to day activities.

Initially, it would campaign in Kalahandi and Nuapada and subsequently it will start in other districts of Odisha. This society has taken the initiative of National census awareness with its own funding. Besides this, it has determined to take up local issue where the basic needs would be submitted before the district administration by the organisation. On its inaugural day, it submitted a ten-point charter of demands to the Collector on major problems of Narla block. A weekly newspaper Masiha editor Sunil Naik said to The Pioneer that he hopes the census awareness drive in village areas would basically help the enumerators to record correct data.

Chief speaker Nayak demanded a special KBK census here as most of the migrant labourers from KBK districts migrate to outside States for their livelihood. He said that the special census in KBK region would help in getting accurate records of the migrants in the Government database.

The chairman of the Manch, Subash Chandra Nayak (former MP) said the awareness campaign in villages would largely facilitate the national census. Among others, ADM Chudamani Seth, Sub-Collector Nanda Kishore Sethi, Narla BDO Bhagbana Behera, M Rampur, tehasildar Sarat Chandra Srichandan and BJD leaders participated in the meeting.

April 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

Gandhi Smruti Kala Kendra, Haldipali

Link to Gandhi Smruti Kala Kendra, Haldipali blog spot :

April 28, 2010 at 7:35 pm 1 comment

Orissa mining scam update: ‘Govt at fault for allowing illegal mining’; A report from the Indian express

Following is a report from

In a clear damnation of the Orissa government, the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) of the Supreme Court hearing into the allegation of forest law violations in multi-crore mining scam in the State, has said that mining activities were going on in a large number of the mines in Orissa without the requisite approvals under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, Environmental Clearances, and the Air & Water Acts. The mining activities also exceeded the production limit as approved under the Mining Plans.

In December last year, senior journalist Rabi Das had filed a case before the CEC regarding the alleged Illegal mining in the lapsed/invalid mining leases/areas in Orissa seeking appointment of a Commission to investigate and study the modalities of the illegal machinations, fix responsibility on individuals (in Government and outside it) and recommendation of remedial measures. The state has so far granted 596 mining leases for extraction of different kinds of minerals. Of this, 341 mines are operating while the remaining 255 are non working/lapsed mines.

The interim report prepared by CEC member MK Jiwrajka on April 26, also said that a large number of the mines have remained operational for long periods of time after the expiry of the lease period because of the delays in taking decisions on the renewal applications filed by the respective mining lease holders and consequently the mines becoming eligible for ‘deemed extension’ as provided under Rule 24 A(6), MCR, 1960. The CEC said that as many as 215 mines were operative for 10 to 20 years on deemed renewal status.

he major findings of the CEC are:

* In a large number of cases the forest areas approved under the FC Act are lesser than the total forest area included in the approved mining leases.

* There was lack of effective coordination and common understanding between the officials of the Mines Department and the Forest Department resulting in the ineffective enforcement of the statutory provisions.

* The “deemed extension” clause is primarily meant to deal with contingency situation and to ensuring that the mining operations do not come to an abrupt end because of administrative delays in deciding on the renewal applications. This provision is not meant to be availed of indefinitely. Moreover, continuing mining over a long period of time without renewal of the mining lease becomes a potential source for serious illegalities and irregularities.

* Nine coal mines, belonging to the Mahanadi Coal Field Ltd, a subsidiary of the Coal India Ltd.(CIL), operating without obtaining the approval under the FC Act on the purported ground that the mining leases have been transferred to them by the CIL during 1990-92 after the promulgation of the Coal India (Regulation, Transfer and Validation) Act, 2002.

The provisions of the Forest (Conservation) Act are equally applicable to such forest areas and are required to be complied with. All the other similarly placed coal companies, such as the WCL and the SECL have at the time of the renewals/new mining leases been obtaining the approvals under the FC Act. It is therefore imperative that in respect of these nine leases also, the approvals under the FC Act are obtained by the Mahanadi Coal Fields Limited after following the prescribed procedure. It is recommended that, as was earlier permitted in the case of WCL, SECL and the other coal companies, subject to the payment of the NPV for the forest land included in these nine mining leases, the Mahanadi Coal Fields may be allowed to continue mining for the next 1 year during which period they should obtain approval under the FC Act and failing which the mines should be closed; and

The committee recommended that the applications filed for the renewal of the mining leases are decided by the State of Orissa in a time-bound manner. The concerned lessee should be required to provide to the State Government , within a reasonable period, copies of the approvals under the FC Act, Environmental Clearances, No objection of the State Pollution Control Board under the Air and Water Acts and the Mining Plan duly approved by the Indian Bureau of Mines/other competent authority. This will ensure that the mining operations under the ‘deemed extension’ clause do not continue for an indefinite period. In respect of the mining leases for which the renewal applications are pending with the State Government, the status and the reasons for the pendency for each of the mining leases (as at present) should be provided by the State Government;

The CEC in its report also recommended that all the mining lease holders in Orissa should be directed to pay the NPV for the entire forest area, included in the mining leases. It said demand for the payment of the NPV should be raised by the Divisional Forest Officer concerned within a maximum period of 30 days and the mining lease holder should deposit the amount payable towards the NPV (for the balance forest area) within a period of 30 days thereafter failing which the mine should not be allowed to continue its operations.

In Orissa, substantial areas included in the mining leases as non forest land have subsequently been identified as DLC forest (deemed forest / forest like areas) by the Expert Committee constituted by the State Government pursuant to the SC order dated 12.12.1996. While processing and/or approving the proposals under the FC Act in many cases such areas have been treated as non-forest land. The CEC recommended that the NPV for the entire DLC area included in the mining lease, after deducting the NPV already paid, should be deposited by the concerned lease holder.

Expressing partial satisfaction with the steps taken by the State, the CEC noted that “serious shortcomings still remain which need to be dealt with on priority so as to ensure the strict compliance of the provisions of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, the Environmental Protection Act and the other statutory provisions and Rules.”

The next hearing of the case would be taken up on May 7.

April 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

Masters programme for healthcare professionals launched in the Institute of Clinical Research of India (ICRI)

Following is a report by IANS taken from

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The Institute of Clinical Research of India (ICRI) Tuesday said it has launched a masters degree programme in health administration to build “appropriate skilled teams” for the industry which lacks trained healthcare professionals.The institute has started the two-year course in collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in the US.

“The Indian healthcare system lacks trained healthcare professionals and skilled teams of hospital administrators are the need of the hour. The masters programme will help to build an appropriate skilled team of hospital administrators,” ICRI chairman Shiv Ram Dugal said.

Graduates or final year graduation students in disciplines of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biotechnology, commerce, economics and engineering can opt for the course.

April 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

Second IISc campus will come up in Karnataka: B S Yeddyurappa

Following is a PTI report:

Bangalore, Apr 26 (PTI) The proposed second campus of Indian Institute of Science would come up in Chitradurga district of Karnataka as planned, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today said.

“The IISC campus is very much coming up in Chitradurga.

The district administration has already granted nearly 2,000 acres (at Kudapur village in the district) for it,” he told reporters here on the sidelines of a Police Investiture Ceremony.

He denied recent media reports that the proposed campus of the Bangalore-based premier institute was being shifted to Andhra Pradesh.

To another query, he said that the government was taking all measures to ensure regular supply of drinking water in Bangalore city.

April 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Second campus of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, likely to come up in Anantapur of Andhra Pradesh

Following is a report by IANS published in

The second campus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, is likely to come up in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district.

Union Minister for Human Resources Development Kapil Sibal in a letter to Chief Minister K. Rosaiah Saturday said the central government was examining a proposal of Andhra Pradesh in this regard and had discussed the idea with IISc, Bangalore.

The IISc, Bangalore, has informed that internal discussions have been held and initial proposals were to create an advanced research centre, a science park and an incubation centre, said a statement from the chief minister’s office.

Sibal wrote that a Memorandum of Understanding for the sale of land, the time frame for making available the basic infrastructure, among other things, was under preparation and further developments would be communicated on receipt of fresh inputs from IISc, Bangalore.

Rosaiah thanked United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sibal and IISc, Bangalore, for the move to establish the second campus of IISc in the state. He said it would be a boon for the backward district of Anantapur.

The chief minister said the entire credit for this goes to former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who made efforts to get the IISc campus.

YSR, as the late chief minister was popularly known, had even identified 1,000 acres of land in Anantapur district, about 70 km from Bangalore International Airport.

April 25, 2010 at 7:10 am Leave a comment

Technical education is free for girls: Haryana government

Following is a PTI report taken from

Chandigarh, Apr 23 (PTI) Haryana government has made the technical education “absolutely free” for the girl students studying in the government polytechnic colleges. The girl students studying in the government polytechnic colleges would not have to pay any fee or charges, an official spokesman said today.

The state government has exempted the girl students of polytechnic colleges from paying development fund and student fund from the academic session of 2010-11 in order to promote technical education among girls in the state, he said, adding the tuition fee was already exempted.

April 24, 2010 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Tribal people of Luthurbandh, Ghantabahali, MahadaSaguna Munda and Podapadar protest against Balangir power plant project

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The opposition to setting up of a proposed 1320MW thermal power plant at Ghantabahali-Luthurbandh in Titilagarh block by the Sahara Group of companies has resurfaced once again.

The local villagers along with tribal people of Luthurbandh, Ghantabahali, MahadaSaguna Munda and Podapadar took out a padyatra in these villages, about 90 km from here, on Thursday.

Ever since the news of setting up of the proposed thermal power plant spread, it has met with opposition. While the Sahara Group scheduled to open an office there on April 25 and top officials of Sahara group expected to arrive along with local MP, the villagers have stepped up their protest against setting up of the plant. “We are opposing setting up this plant as it would raise the temperatures of this region further. Already the Titilagarh region is infamous for its high temperature allover India and setting up this plant would increase the temperature further, making this area totally unviable of human settlement,” said a protestor.

Moreover according to reports two other power plants are also going to be set up around 20km radius of Titilagarh and Kesinga, further increasing the prospect of high temperatures in the region.

Secondly the fly ash problem would result in air pollution further which is absent now and it is the poor people who would suffer a lot. Thirdly the land of these areas would also be affected. The agriculture land her produces a lot of vegetables and people by selling up these vegetable in local Keshinga market earn their livelihoods. Once this plant would come up it would also be lost, argued a social activist Balkrushana Sandh.

More over around 800 acre of private land would be affected in this project. “Neither the district Collector nor the Sub- Collector is listening to our grievance,” he alleged further. We demand the shifting of power plants from this area to save the poor people’s land and their livelihood from being damaged permanently. We don’t oppose the setting up power plant. But it should not in such a fertile area where people are living peacefully and managing their livelihoods through agriculture.

“We are going to organise a rally in the Titilagrah on April 24.,” he added. With the company officials schedule to visit the area to open their office, all eyes are on what will happen on that day.

April 24, 2010 at 11:24 am 66 comments

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