Expert team visits proposed IISER site

Berhampur: A three-member expert team of the central government today visited the proposed sites for the temporary and permanent campus of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), here.

The team visited the government-run Industrial Training Institute (ITI) and Laudigaon, near Gopalpur and discussed with the authorities about the availability of the infrastructure facilities for the temporary campus.

While the government has identified around 200 acres at Laudigaon for permanent construction of the institute, ITI Berhampur has been selected for the temporary campus.

The IISER is scheduled to start function from this year with an intake capacity of 50 students, sources said.

The expert team had on January 8, 2016 and November 17 last year visited the place to inspect the sites selected for the establishment of the prestigious institute after the state government had declared to set up the proposed IISER campus at Berhampur.

Meanwhile, a new three-storied building was constructed by the government in the ITI campus to house the IISER, Berhampur here.

The construction for two more storeys was in the new building at a cost of Rs 4.70 crore.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced establishment of IISERs in Odisha and Nagaland.

At present there are five IISERs under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. These are located in Bhopal, Mohali, Pune, Kolkata and Thiruvanantapuram.