Central team visits Ganjam to inspect site for IISER

Bhubaneswar/Ganjam: A Central team of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) visited Ganjam today to inspect the suitability of locations, which the Odisha government had chosen for the proposed Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).

The Central team comprised HRD director Sonavli Kawli, IISER Bhopal director Vinod Kumar Singh and IIT Bhubaneswar director RV Rajkumar among others. The team assessed the required infrastructure, communication facilities and other amenities which are must for a premier institute like IISER.

The State government had identified 200 acre of land each at Palur Hills and Laudigaon as probable sites for establishment of the permanent campus of the elite science institute.

Moreover, the team also visited the proposed temporary campuses for the institute at Gandhi Institue and BSET. Earlier, the team met the Southern region RDC and other officials at Berhampur.

“Area wise, Laudigaon seems to be a better option, but the committee will decide after holding discussions,” said Technical Education and Training secretay LN Gupta.

“We will work out which land is suitable and accordingly we will give our recommendation. We need to weigh all the options,” said RV Rajkumar.

According to sources, the classes at the institute are all set to start from the next session.

On the other hand, The State government’s decision to set up the premier institute has been drawn praise from all quarters.

“It will revolutionize the education landscape and it will establish Berhampur as a prominent place at the national level,” said a student from the region.

“This initiative can easily be attributed as a step towards overall development,” said coordinator of Forum for Ganjam, Sudhir Rout.