Wait some more for IIM Bihar, Odisha
Patna: The IIM-CAT website maintains that the proposed six IIMs would start their academic sessions from 2015-16 but there is no clarity if the institutions in Bihar and Odisha would start admissions or not.
The existing 13 IIMs have started giving offer letters for admission to candidates. It's, however, not yet clear whether the new proposed IIMs in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh would give admission in the 2015-16 session or not.
While Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh are ready with their temporary campuses, Bihar, Odisha and Punjab are yet to finalise theirs. So, the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry is caught in a Catch-22 situation in view of little progress in finding temporary campuses in these three states, enabling the institutions to start functioning.
The HRD ministry had last year asked these six states to suggest sites for permanent campus for IIMs. The states were supposed to suggest facilities for temporary campus in the same city where the permanent campus would be set up.
Authoritative sources said the governments of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh have found facilities for temporary campuses in Visakhapatnam, Nagpur and Sirmaur, respectively, where the permanent campuses would come up. The central teams, which visited these sites, have also approved these facilities for temporary campuses.
The sites for the remaining three proposed IIMs have not been fixed though.
IIM-CAT convener Rohit Kapoor from IIM Indore told The Telegraph that the 13 IIMs have already completed their group discussion and interviews and are now issuing letters for admission.
"I do not know about the proposed IIMs. IIM-Udaipur is co-ordinating their admission," he said.
IIM-Udaipur sources said it was waiting for clarity from the HRD ministry on admission for the proposed six IIMs.
A secretary handling technical education in a state said the ministry would take a final call on which IIMs would be allowed to start operation from this session.
"We were told the IIMs would start admissions from this session. We have not heard anything to the contrary," he said.
However in case of Odisha, there is no finality whether the institution would be established in Bhubaneswar, as proposed initially, or in Sambalpur, a city in west Odisha, which has been recently pushed by both the Centre and the state government as the location for the IIM. HRD minister Smriti Irani and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik have also exchanged letters on the location in Sambalpur.
A central team had visited Bhubaneswar and approved a site near Gothapatna on the outskirts of the city. It had approved the proposal to start the IIM from the campus of the Indian institute of Information Technology in the city.
In Bihar, the government has suggested a site at Magadh University in Gaya. The ministry although raised many issues, including the dispute over the piece of land suggested by the government. The government is yet to commit a dispute-free site for a permanent campus and a facility for the temporary campus.
The state government of Punjab has proposed two sites near Amritsar. One of the sites was rejected by the state government representative, who was part of the central team that visited the site. The other location is 4km from the international border and rejected by the central team for security reasons.
Sources in Udaipur said it would be better if admission at the new IIMs was deferred by a year instead of admitting students in institutions, which had no temporary infrastructure or had security concerns.
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