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New Delhi, June 24: The Union government today put to rest the uncertainty over selection of site for an IIM in Odisha by clearing the proposal to set up the premier institute in Sambalpur.
The decision also paves the way for possible commencement of academic programme from the current session.
The Union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today cleared the proposal for setting up of six IIMs, including the one in Sambalpur and another in Bodhgaya in Bihar. The other IIMs will be set up at Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Sirmaur in Himachal Pradesh, Nagpur in Maharashtra and Amritsar in Punjab.
A press statement issued by the Press Information Bureau said these IIMs would begin functioning from assigned temporary facilities and shift to their permanent sites after construction of their campuses.
“It is intended that these six new IIMs will commence their first academic session from 2015-16,” the statement said. Each institute will start with 140 students in the postgraduate programme courses.
IIM Indore, which is mentoring IIM Odisha, had earlier written to the ministry of human resource development (HRD) that it might not admit students unless the permanent site and temporary campus for the B-school are finalised at the earliest.
Last year the HRD ministry had written to the state governments asking for possible sites with around 200 acres of land with good connectivity. The Odisha government had suggested two sites in Bhubaneswar in view of its air connectivity.
A central site selection team visited the sites in Bhubaneswar last December and had picked one near Gothpatna on the city outskirts.
After petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan put his weight behind Sambalpur as the site for the IIM, the HRD ministry wrote to the Naveen Patnaik government asking for its opinion on setting up the institute in west Odisha. After the state government agreed to it, a central team visited Sambalpur on Monday and the Union Cabinet cleared the proposal today.
The Odisha government has hailed the decision to set up the IIM in Sambalpur. Welcoming the decision, chief minister Naveen Patnaik said: “This will go a long way in promoting higher education in western Odisha.”
There was jubilation In Sambalpur with people bursting crackers and distributing sweets. “This area of the state will become an educational hub after the IIM is set up,” said president of Gangadhar Meher University students’ union Milan Hota.
Additional reporting by Subrat Das in Bhubaneswar
BHUBANESWAR: In an apparent bid to pacify the ongoing agitation demanding establishment of an IIM in western Odisha, the state government today announced setting up an open university at Sambalpur.
The announcement in this regard was made by Higher Education Minister Pradeep Panigrahi in the assembly today.
“The proposed open university at Sambalpur will be first of its kind in the state. Therefore, its impact and jurisdiction will be vast,” Panigrahi said.
Panigrahi said, “The state government has already made provision of Rs 35 crore for establishment and infrastructure of the proposed open university.”
Besides contributing to progress of higher education, the open university would facilitate distance education, continuous training and research for students and teachers.
The open university would also help a large number of students, drop-outs and provide need-based quality education in the backward and tribal-dominated districts of the state, Panigrahi said.
He said the varsity at Sambalpur also reflected the state government’s steps to eradicate regional imbalance in Odisha.
The people of western Odisha, particularly the residents of Sambalpur have been agitating since a long time demanding establishment of the proposed IIM for the state in their region. However, the state government decided to locate the proposed IIM in Bhubaneswar which led to intensification of agitation in Sambalpur.
Sambalpur, Oct. 28: Online teaching will be introduced in Gangadhar Meher College (autonomous) from the next academic session. The lecture gallery-1 and the lecture gallery-2 of the institute will be upgraded to smart classrooms.
“Modern gadgets such as computer, projector and audio visual systems will be installed in the class. Students will get the facility of online teaching in air-conditioned classrooms,” said the estate officer of Gangadhar Meher College U.C. Pati.
“Online tutorial classes will be organised for students. Teachers, too, can use variety of online media to teach students. The classes will ensure better communication between the teachers and the students and will serve as an add-on to existing teaching process. Audio-visual systems will make learning interesting for students,” he said.
“Under the NME-ICT (National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology) project, the college will get 20 Internet connections in subsidised rate. We have five to six Internet connections in the college now. We have already applied for the rest. We can start the smart classes after we get all the connections,” said Pati,
“Several infrastructure developmental works such as building of academic block, new girls’ and boys’ hostels, approach road, library and entrance gate are under way in the college. The smart class will be an added facility for the students.
Moreover, these will also help the institution get a higher grade from the National Academic and Accreditation Council (NAAC),” said a teacher of the college.
“I am really happy to know that the college authority has taken a decision to start smart classes in the institution. Teaching through television has a visual impact, which lasts longer,” said a student of plus three arts, Snigdha Mandal.
Established in 1944, the college offers undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil and pre-doctoral courses besides self-financing and vocational courses.
There are 18 undergraduate courses, 16 postgraduate courses, seven MPhil courses, three pre-doctoral courses, five self-financing courses and three vocational courses. The institution was declared autonomous in 1991.
SAMBALPUR: The neurosurgery department of VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla, is functioning with half its doctor strength. It has only one professor, who is also the head of department and an assistant professor. The post of senior resident is vacant as the appointee is yet to join and the associate professor is on deputation to SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack.
“Accident victims with head injuries are brought to the neuro-surgery department. The staff shortage has proved to be a big problem,” said social worker Nihal Singh. He said the government should immediately fill up the vacancies.
Head of neurosurgery department Dr S K Mishra said the hospital tries to attend to all patients. “The pressure on doctors would have minimized if there were new recruits,” Mishra said.
Dr S S Pradhan, who was appointed as senior resident of the department, is unable to join because the labour department has not relieved him from his post of medical officer in-charge of ESI dispensary in Puri. “The department screening committee disallowed him to join the post of senior resident on administrative grounds,” stated a letter of labour and ESI department.
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