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ISM makes shift plan

Ranchi, Dec. 25: The Jharkhand-based Indian School of Mines University — premier Union government institute on par with IIMs and IIT — is looking beyond the state.

The mines school started in 1926 on the lines of Royal School of Mines in England claimed that an indifferent attitude of the government apparently forced it to open an extension centre at Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh.

The Union human resource department has given its nod for the project.

“The MP government is ready to provide us about 50 acres. ISM would be opening a mining centre and clean coal technology centre there. It would take a few more years before the extension centre starts regular engineering, management and other courses,” said P.S. Gupta, ISM dean, students’ welfare.

Indian School of Mines had been requesting the Jharkhand government for long for about 200 acres to expand its university campus.

Sources said ISM director T. Kumar is in Singrauli where Coal India’s subsidiary, Northern Coalfields Ltd (NCL), is understood to have promised all help to the deemed university.

Kumar, along with Indian School of Mines registrar Colonel P.S. Sandhu and a senior chemistry faculty member N.M. Mishra, are reportedly finalising the nitty-gritty of the project. ISM chairman P.K. Lahiri is also there.

Sources said it was the initiative of Union human resource department minister Arjun Singh (MP is his home turf) to give green signal to the mines institute to open the extension centre at Singrauli.

Jharkhand technical education director Arun Kumar agreed that the deemed university had been requesting the science and technology department for 200 acres of land within 20km of the existing campus in Dhanbad.

“But procuring private land is the biggest problem in the state,” said Kumar.

But sources wondered how the government could already provide a big chunk of land to another premier but private institution, BIT Mesra, for opening its extension centre at Deoghar.

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