Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Indian Express on the IISER in Punjab

What happened to the announcement that PM was supposed to make
regarding Bhubaneswar??


After Kolkata & Pune, PM pushes for 3rd science institute in Punjab

Shubhajit Roy Posted online: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 0000 hr

NEW DELHI, JUNE 12:In a significant step forward towards building
education infrastructure—in the wake of the quota controversy—the
Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has got a green signal to
set up a new Indian Institute of Science for Education and Research
(IISER) in Punjab.

Sources told The Indian Express that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
is key to this move—two IISERs are already in the making in Kolkata
and Pune.

“The PM has been very keen to have this institute ready by the next
academic session so the approvals are coming faster than usual,’’ a
source in the HRD ministry confirmed.

The approval from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
(CSIR), asked to examine the feasibility of the project, came about
a fortnight ago, sources said. CSIR’s head of Research and
Development (R&D) and Planning, Naresh Kumar has informed the HRD
ministry that it was ‘‘feasible to set up an IISER in Punjab at the
cost of Rs 500 crores.’’ The state government has been asked to
identify 100 acres. It will have about 2,000 students and 200
faculty. Like the other two IISERs, it will also offer Bachelor’s,
Master’s and PhD programmes in science research, the students
selected via the IIT entrance. The proposal will go to the Oversight
Committee which is working out a roadmap for upgrade in the higher
education sector, in order to offset the impact of 27 pc OBC quotas.
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