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Central team to inspect IIM site

Ranchi, April 25: A team of the Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) will arrive at the state tomorrow to inspect the site for the permanent campus of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ranchi.

The team will comprise Ashok Kumar Thakur, special secretary of technical education and Pravin L. Agrawal, director of bureau of technical education. IIM-Ranchi director M.J. Xavier told The Telegraph that he would assist the central site selection team.

Besides, Thakur, Agrawal and Xavier, board members of IIM-Ranchi D.T. Khathing, who happens to be vice chancellor of Jharkhand Central University, and Diwakar Minj, a Ranchi University teacher, will also inspect the site. From the state government’s side, principal secretary of the state human resource development department Mridula Sinha and in-charge director of higher education R.N. Tripathy will accompany the central team.

Notably, the state HRD department has offered a plot along Ranchi-Khunti road in neighbouring Khunti district to IIM. “We are hopeful of selecting the site as it is not far away from the state capital. Besides, the peaceful atmosphere outside the city will be good for the students,” said Xavier.

IIM-Ranchi has been trying hard to get over 100 acres to build its permanent campus. But so far, things have not taken shape.

Sources said the state government received a strong-worded letter from the Centre that if a proper permanent campus was not allotted to the premier management cradle, they might think of shifting it to some other state. At present, IIM-Ranchi is running from a temporary campus at Suchana Bhavan, a building owned by the state information and public relation department. With a batch of just over 40 students in its basic postgraduate management programme, it somehow managed to pull through the first year (2010-11).

But given the fact that more space needed to accommodate the second batch and other programmes in the pipeline, a permanent campus has become the need of the hour.

Meanwhile, Tripathy confirmed that they had also offered a plot in Khunti to National University for Study & Research in Law (NUSRL), which is also aggressively pursuing for land to build its permanent campus. “But we are yet to receive a positive response,” said Tripathy.

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