Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for conferring Institute of National Importance status on National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER).

In a letter, Patnaik has urged the Prime Minister to confer the status of national importance through an Act of Parliament, official sources said.

Stating that the institute has grown leaps and bounds within nine years of its existence, the Odisha Government would extend all possible support in making NISER a world class institution in the country.

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Patnaik further wrote that NISER has been rated among the top five in the country for its research contributions as acknowledged by Nature Index of Institution Outputs.

From a modest beginning from a transit campus in 2007, the Institute now has grown into a 300 acre campus. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had formally inaugurated the NISER campus at Jatni on February 6, 2016.