Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Fourth IISER in Kanpur?

GOOD NEWS for Kanpur! The centre has incorporated the city in the list of metros that will soon have the Indian Institute of Science and Education Research (IISER).

Earlier, the Centre had given clearance to open the IISER in Pune, Chandigarh and Bangalore. But after a representation by the Minister of State for Home affairs Shri Prakash Jaiswal, the government agreed to set up a fourth centre in Kanpur as well.

Also an MP from Kanpur, Jaiswal had met the Union Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal, who considering the geographical conditions and its topography has given his consent. “This is a landmark and the centre will be a boon as far as city’s progress is concerned,” Jaiswal said.

For him, the Indian Insitute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and the proposed institute would move ahead like the MIT and the Harvard in USA.

In his representation, Jaiswal specifically highlighted the vast size of the State and lack of quality institutions. He aid the State was the fourth largest in the country in terms of area and home to 17 crore people, with a literacy of 57 per cent But, he said, only IIT Kanpur was the only institution in the State that had been maintaining the academic status by catering quality education to students.

“Given these facts, the State must have more world class institutions,” Jaiswal said.
Quite frustrating. The news paper report Bangalore as IISER Venue! because
it thought, mentioning Kolkata will be more contentious while declaring 4th IISER
and ignoring the claim from Orissa.

Great Politicians, great media !

Best regards
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