Monday, November 07, 2005
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 Sep 28 this year Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the setting up of Indian Institutes of Sciences for Education and Research (IISERs) in Pune and Kolkata.
"This is injustice," said state president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Jual Oram. "We will launch a state-wide agitation for depriving Orissa," he added.
The state Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also written a letter to the centre expressing his displeasure.
The campaigners say the state neither has any central university nor any institute of national repute like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) or Indian Institute of Science (IIS).