IIT-BBSR:Sluggish progress in 3 years

Bhubaneswar: Dark clouds hang over the future of premier education centre for technology, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar. Though the foundation for the institute was laid three years ago on February 12, 2009, the progress has been confined to the construction of just the compound wall which remains incomplete even. Still the authorities hope that the institute, a dream project for the state, would be functional by 2014 as per the schedule.

The IIT, Bhubaneswar was mooted as part of the Union Human Resource Development Ministry`s programme of expanding the base for quality technical knowledge in the country. The institute is to be established on a campus measuring 935 acres at Argul near Jatni which is located near the state capital. The area includes 300 acres of forest land and the classification of the land is yet to be converted three years after the foundation was laid. Even in the words of the Director, Madhusudan Chakravarty,"There is legal dispute over another 16 acre of land."Aside from land acquisition problems, the villagers of Argul have been opposing the construction of the main road.

Despite the odds, the IIT authorities still hope that the institute would be completed by 2014, the scheduled time. Said Bata Kishore Ray, registrar,"The institute will be completely functional by 2014 and the campus will be ready by that time." The dream project could be completed in time only if the works are expedited.