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January date for tech school
- Entrance tests to be held in capital and Calcutta

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 24: Bhubaneswar International Institute of Information Technology, a project which recently received its nod from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), is set to start from January.

Information technology minister Surya Narayan Patro, who reviewed the construction progress, said the Bhubaneswar institute is a flagship project of the Orissa government, similar to the ones in Bangalore and Hyderabad.

The foundation stone for the institute was laid by former President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on November 29, 2006 and most parts of the project has been completed in a year.

With the AICTE approval in place, the institute would start with MTech and doctoral programmes. Plans are on to enrol students for MTech in computer science and engineering from January after the technical school receives affiliation from Biju Patnaik University of Technology.

Applications would be invited from the next week for the said courses. The selection procedure for the MTech programme would be based on an entrance test and an interview. The test would be held in Calcutta and at Bhubaneswar.

Students of BTech and BE in any discipline, MCA students and those who have their MSc degree in computer science, electronics, mathematics, and physics are eligible to pursue the course.

The Orissa government had allotted 23 acres for free on the city outskirts and committed a financial grant of Rs 10 crore to start the project. Th einstitute would be receiving a recurring annual grant of Rs 2 crore for the first three years. An estimated Rs 48 crore would be spent in developing the campus

The short-listing of architects has been completed and the construction on the campus would start soon. For now a rented building would serve as the campus.

Infosys Technologies Limited has paid Rs 1 crore to institute a chair professor at the Institute and software majors such as TCS, Wipro and MindTree have shown interest in the project, too.

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