Friday, October 13, 2006
Braja Kishore Mishra Bhubaneswar
The project report of the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) will be ready within a week's time. Director of the Bhubaneswar-based Institute of Physics (IoP) YP Viyogi has disclosed this in an e-mail sent to Non-Resident Oriyas (NROs).
NROs like Chitta Baral of Arizona State University and Dhirendra Kar, vice-president of the Orissa Society of Americas and others have been constantly harping on the NISER issue. They were worried over the lack of information about the progress on the project.
Assuring them, Viyogi has said, "We realise the importance of the responsibility that IoP has to shoulder, and although we do not publicise our activity, we assure you that a lot of ground work has already been done and the project report will be ready within about a week's time."
He said that standards within the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) were very high and it was mandatory for the project report to be reviewed by a panel of experts. Such a panel had already been constituted by the Chairman of the IoP Governing Council and consisted of scientists and educationists from all the branches of science, which may be taught at the NISER.
The report will move further up for financial approval at the Atomic Energy Commission and the Union Cabinet immediately after such a review and approval by the IoP Governing Council, which is expected to be completed by the end of October.
Efforts will be made to make the NISER comparable to the IISERs and the input going into the project report consequently requires detailed work.
"We are also taking care of infrastructure needs to start the courses in the academic year 2007 and we are constantly in dialogue with the Orissa Government. Regarding the recruitment of faculty, which is a real concern for all of us, we have started the hunt through informal channels, both nationally and internationally," Viyogi said. He has assured the NROs that the NISER shall be able to attract the best of the faculty, because it has been planned to provide the most conducive research environment for the faculty.
He said IoP proposed to emphasise both on teaching and research simultaneously, as the synergy between the two was essential for sustained excellence in either. IoP is in the process of setting up a web page for the proposed institute and hopes to release this by the end of this month.
Dialogue has already been started with several superannuated scientists from various centres within the DAE family and outside for the immediate needs of the coming academic season. Arrangements have already been made for the girls' hostel within the IoP campus, while a discussion is on with the State Government for a hostel for boys.
Regarding the infrastructure requirements, IoP is fully aware of the needs, as the scientists of the institute were regularly visiting national and international laboratories of all types, including some of the top ones abroad like CalTech, Princeton and Ecole Polytechnique as well as all the educational and research institutes within the country, Viyogi added.