Monday, November 07, 2005
IANS Bhubaneswar Nov 7:
Lamenting the lack of any central institute of repute in the state, Orissa has launched a campaign demanding the establishment of a national institute of science that was once proposed but cancelled later on.
The central government had announced the setting up of four national institutes of Sciences (NIS) at Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Pune and Allahabad in December 2003.
The state government had even identified 75 acres of land near Ghatikia village in the district of Khurdha near Bhubaneswar for the proposed institution.
However, on September 28 this year the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh announced the setting up of Indian Institutes of Sciences for Education and Research (IISERs) in Pune and Kolkata.
“This is an injustice,” said the state president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr Jual Oram. “We will launch a state-wide agitation for depriving Orissa,” he added.