Friday, November 11, 2005
BHUBANESWAR, Nov. 11. — The BJD-BJP government in the state today urged the UPA government at the Centre not to shift the proposed National Institute of Science (NIS) from Bhubaneswar to Kolkata. It may be recalled that it had been decided by the NDA government to set up National Institute of Sciences at six places across the country including Bhubaneswar. However, the UPA government has reportedly changed its decision and decided to shift it to Kolkata. Meanwhile, a public interest litigation had been filed in Orissa High Court, which has recently issued an injunction on the shifting of the institute. Earlier, the chief minister had written twice to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on this issue. But his plea had apparently been ignored. In his 3rd letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik said the news — the NIS was being set up at Kolkata instead of Bhubaneswar — had aroused widespread public discontentment. “The people of Orissa feel let down by the decision to shift the institute to Kolkata because the UGC chairman had indicated as early as on 23 July, 2003 about the establishment of the institute in Bhubaneswar,” he said.
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