Saturday, July 22, 2006


Various news items on IIT Kharagpur, Bhubaneswar Campus

The gist of the articles, as translated from the Pragativadi article, is as follows:

IIT Kharagpur will open a campus in Bhubaneswar. Like Kharagpur 5000 students will study there. Life Science, Mining and other new disciplines will be taught in this campus. Today IIT KGP director Prof. S. K. Dube met chief minister Naveen Patnaik and discussed on this topic. During the meeting it was decided that the state government will give necessary land and other facilities. In this regard IIT Kharagpur will create a project report within one month. This report will describe the detailed plan and explain the necessity. Orissa government will identify the land after getting this report. To improve the educational programs at various Engineering colleges in Orissa, an R & D center will also be established in Orissa. This campus of IIT Kharagpur will be on 250 acres of land and 800 crores will be spent on this. For this the government will provide all help to IIT Kharagpur. In the meeting the chief minister described the rapid industrialization of the state and opined that IIT Kharagpur will help in the human resource developement of the state.


The Sun Times article is as follows:

IIT-Kharagpur- to open campus in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: IIT, Kharagpur, will open its campus here to provide quality education to nearly 5,000 students in bio-science, metallurgy, mining and other subjects.

IIT-Kharagpur, director S K Dube on Saturday met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and apprised him about the proposal to set up the campus. The project report of the campus, he said, would be ready within a month.
Dube said the campus here will have the same strength as that of in West Bengal and would have Research Development Centre which would help in faculty upgradation to enhance the standard of engineering colleges in Odisha.

Official sources said IIT-Kharagpur had approached the Union Human Resource Development Ministry to have its two campuses in the country, one each at Kolkata and Bhubaneswar. The proposal also received the nod of the HRD Ministry.

Patnaik while welcoming the IIT campus in Bhubaneswar, said such a project would help in human resource development activities keeping in tandem with the industrial growth here.

He has directed the authority concerned to identify 300 acres of land required for the campus on the outskirt of the capital city within a 30 km radius.

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