Centre asks Odisha to shortlist places for setting up of IIM

Reported by Chinmaya Dehury

Bhubaneswar, Aug 21:

The Union Human Resource Development department has asked the Odisha government to suggest two or three suitable locations with proper connectivity to set up the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM)  in the state.

“To establish the premier institute, we will require 200 acres of land at a suitable location free of cost and free from all encumbrances. You are requested to kindly suggest two or three suitable locations for this purpose. The locations identified should have necessary physical and social infrastructure, which includes good road, rail and air connectivity,” said Ashok Thakur, HRD secretary in a letter addressed to the chief secretary, Odisha, recently.

Thakur has suggested that the chief secretary could direct the concerned secretary to identify suitable land at the earliest so that the site selection committee can visit the spot and identify the site within next three months.

The letter was issued by HRD secretary on July 25 and was received by chief secretary on July 31. But curiously, the government was pleading till as late as yesterday that it would take a call on identifying the location for the IIM only after getting communication from the Centre.

Clearly, it was buying time on the highly contentious issue what with several regions, districts and towns demanding that the high profile institute be located in their area.

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