BHUBANESWAR: The site selection for establishment of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in the state has put the Odisha Government in a spot with demands for setting up the premier educational institution pouring in from almost all regions of the state.
As the state government has to submit a report to the Centre with the names of two to three sites within a month, it has decided to set up a high level official committee to select the locations from among the sites proposed by the district collectors. The Industrial and Infrastructural Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO) has forwarded the reports of the collectors of seven districts on the choice of possible sites for the proposed IIM in the state to the Employment and Training and Technical Education (ET&T) Department.
The official committee, to be set up by the ET&T Department, would study them and prepare a report, to be submitted to the state government. Several organisations and local representatives of Khurda, Cuttack, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Koraput, Puri, Ganjam, Bolangir, Balasore and Angul districts had demanded establishment of the institute in their respective districts.
The state government had asked the collectors of Cuttack, Khurda, Ganjam, Sambalpur, Koraput, Puri and Sundargarh to identify 200 acres of land in their respective districts for the IIM and submit reports to the IDCO.
The Human Resources Development Ministry had asked the state government to provide 200 acres of land in the state for the IIM and give two or three options for the final site selection.