Thursday, November 10, 2005


Dr. Digambar Patra's India times blog entry on IISER NIS

A snippet:

Appeal to common citizens

Dear Fellow Citizens,

Your kind attention is drawn towards step motherly attitude of decision makers on certain states while making National Educational Institute. In the year 2003, the Human Resource Development Minister of Government of India proposed to make four more science institute to be named as “National Institute of Science (NIS)” at Bhubaneswar, Allahabad, Chennai and Pune by UGC in the line of present “Indian Institute of Science (IISc)”, Bangalore. Unfortunately change in the government at the center and political rivalry have modified the decision and only two such institutes have been announced at Pune and Kolkata by abolishing Bhubaneswar, Chennai and Allahabad from the list by our Prime Minister. Although political leaders are directly not agreeing that both NIS and IISER are of similar kind, it could be identified from the media and statements by policy makers that IISER is an extension of earlier proposed NIS since both NIS and IISER are inspired from IISc, Bagalore and have many things in similar. It could be realized from the policy makers’ decision that due to coalition political gamble and political rivalry one of the locations would be shifted from Bhubaneswar to Kolkata and other two would be abolished.


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