Saturday, December 09, 2006
Sunday December 10 2006 09:30 IST
BHUBANESWAR: Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has requested the State Government to provide 300 acres of land free of cost near here for setting up of the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER).
In an official communique, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and DAE Secretary Anil Kakodkar said the department proposed to start classes for the first batch of NISER in 2007.
The national institute, which will be set up in association with the Institute of Physics, an autonomous body under the administrative control of DAE, is scheduled to be completed in two phases.
In the first phase, it will function within the framework of Institute of Physics (IoP) management by augmenting the infrastructure and in the second phase, a new campus will be developed for the proposed institute. NISER will seek affiliation from Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed university, Kakodkar said.
A joint secretary from DAE recently visited the State to discuss about NISER. He had visited several sites, including Naraj where a single patch of 300 acres is available.
Although the DAE officer was pleased with the Naraj site, he expressed his reservations after being told that the Tata Group is also interested to set up a thermal power plant somewhere near.
The DAE officer was told that if the Naraj site will be finalised for NISER, the State Government may locate another site for the Tata’s proposed power plant.
During discussion with Higher Education Secretary Ashok Tripathy, the DAE joint secretary hinted that plans are afoot to expand the NISER campus to a science city.