Two locations proposed for IISER Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Ganjam district collector Prem Chandra CHoudhury today proposed two locations for Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), to be set up in the southern city of Berhampur.

In a meeting with Development Commissioner UN Behera, the collector proposed two permanent and one temporary location for the premier science education and research institute.

While Palur Hill and Laudigaon have been proposed for permanent locations, UCP Engineering college is selected for temporary arrangement of the institute.

Official sources said a special committee will submit its report to the Centre on the proposed locations after a review.

Following Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s announcement about the establishment of IISER in Odisha in the Budget for 2015-16, the State government on August 1 declared that it would provide 200 acres of land for the institute. Academic session would commence from 2016-17.

The IISERs are a group of most premier science education and research institutes in the country. These institutions have been declared by an Act of Parliament as institutions of national importance and are intended to be the IITs of basic sciences. The institutes were created by the Government of India, through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), under The National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010.

Five IISERs have already come up in the country at Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvnanthapuram. In the 2015-16 Budget, two new IISERs were announced for Odisha and Nagaland.