Sunday, November 06, 2005
Supriti Mishra / Bhubaneswar
Two years ago, a group of Pune-based scientists first mooted the idea of a new-age centre for science education and research to stop brain drain to disciplines like management and for that matter to foreign countries.
On December 9, 2003, the Central Government announced its decision to establish four National Institutes of Sciences (NIS) at Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Pune and Allahabad. The University Grants Commission released a document in January 2004, referring to the steps initiated by it to set up these institutes.
The UGC chairman wrote a letter to the Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University informing him about the steps being taken for establishment of an NIS at Bhubaneswar. Even a sub-committee was constituted with all concerned V-Cs as members who met in Delhi in August 2003 to have discussions on the proposed four NIS. The then V-C of Utkal University met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in this regard and the latter immediately instructed the district authorities to allot land for the purpose. Informally, the location of the NIS was also decided to be Ghatikia, Bhubaneswar.
However, on September 28, 2005, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the setting up of Indian Institutes of Sciences for Education and Research (IISERs) in Pune and Kolkata respectively. The concept of NIS is the same as the proposed IISERs, though they differ in names. The new list somehow did not include Orissa's name.
Rest at http://www.baral.us/orissa/pdf/2005-nov6-pioneer.pdf