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Site cloud on state tech school dream
- Kharagpur IIT team visits Khurda

Bhubaneswar, June 1: The Centre announced IIT admissions would start from this academic session after the IIT-JEE results were out, but the Orissa government is yet to select a site for the proposed institute in the state.

The state government woke up to the need of selecting a suitable site only after a two-member team, headed by the director of IIT, Kharagpur, Damodar Acharya, arrived here yesterday.

For the time being, IIT, Kharagpur, will act as the mentor for the Orissa IIT.

State industries secretary Chinmay Basu said the visiting team did discuss location details with the state government officials and that some proposed sites were shown to them — but no final decision was taken.

The official, however, hoped that the government would be able finalise the location within “a week”.

According to official sources, the Union HRD ministry had asked for 600 acres free of premium within 30km radius of the state capital.

According to specifications, the site should ideally be closer to an airport and a national highway.

The government had identified some sites near Khurda. Since the locations were found to be unsuitable, the visiting team is likely to visit alternative sites located near Nandan Kanan, sources said.

Recently, the Union HRD ministry had announced that admissions into the Orissa, IIT, would start from the current academic year — a task that would be improbable while the location of the technical school remains a mystery to most officials.

State higher education department officials, however, admitted that they had not received any communication from the Union HRD ministry to this effect.

Sources said the academic activities of the new IIT might function from Kharagpur, IIT, campus for the time being.

It would be shifted to the new campus after the construction of buildings is over. However for the construction to begin, the state has to decide on the location first.

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