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NIT boss for medical college

Chairman of NIT, Rourkela, Santrupta Mishra at a press meet. Picture by Uttam Kumar Pal

Rourkela: National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, chairman Santrupta Mishra said one should not lose hope of having a medical college here.

Mishra, who is also global head of the Aditya Birla group's HR, was on a two-day visit to the city. Referring to the issue of the proposal to have a medical college by the NIT, he said: "We are looking into all the modalities and decide how to approach for the institute of medicine here. We will look into all angles such as finance, faculty, infrastructure and regulation and then we will proceed."

He said: "Just having a wish will not help. Higher education funding will mostly become self-management as governments are giving thrust on generating own funds. We are working on various kinds of proposals about how to go about it. Over 250 of alumni are meeting at San Francisco very soon. Hopefully, something positive will come out of that."

Mishra interacted with the students and staff members of the Institute during his visit.

In reply to a question about the NIT Rourkela's participation in the institute of eminence status race, Mishra said: "We are positive that we will get a chance to be in the list. If that does not happen, it will be not the end for us. In addition, I must say, the government has declared a list for six institutes - three private and three government. So let us wait, there are still six seats left and we are the number two among all the NITs and our credential speaks."

On the issue of the closure one a premier course - big data analysis - which was initiated by two alumni of the institute, the chairman said: "We were not prepared for it as this is an interdisciplinary course. We require many things, including faculty. We will restart this in a couple of years."

On the start-up atmosphere at the institute, he said: "The atmosphere is really very encouraging. Today, we have 22 start-ups and 13 more are in the works. I found many projects very interesting and matching my group's requirements. For example, you have this green cement or environment-friendly cement start-up here. Since we (Aditya Birla group) is the largest producer of cement in India, I will certainly ask them to look into it."

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