Saturday, February 10, 2007


Panel picks up two sites for NISER: The New Indian Express

Panel picks up two sites for NISER
Saturday February 10 2007 11:37 IST

BHUBANESWAR: An expert committee has short listed two sites for establishment of the National Institute of Scientific Education and Research (NISER) in the State.

About 296 acres of land near the Naraj barrage has been earmarked as the first site. Advantages: The site is close to Cuttack; 37 acres of gramin jungle, adjacent to it, would be developed as a botanical garden.

The second site is located near Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) installation and the elephant reserve in Cuttack district. It, however, has several disadvantages. Only 185 acres would be available which is not adequate for NISER.

Further, a good part of it is under IDCO, which may cause delay in possession. Moreover, part of the land is under litigation and there are several small patches which are not contiguous.

The sites were identified by the Site Selection Committee comprising Joint Secretary (Research and Development) in the Department of Atomic Energy, Director of the Indian Institute of Physics and Secretary in the Department of Higher Education.

Land for the institution would have to be handed over before the commencement of the next academic programme in August, 2007. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced the establishment of NISER during his visit to the State in August, 2006.

The detailed project report (DPR) has been completed and submitted to the Department of Atomic Energy for further processing and approval of the Union Cabinet. Centre has also formed a steering committee headed by Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Dr A Kakodkar for monitoring the progress.

The first academic programme would start from August, 2007 in the campus of the Institute of Physics for which the infrastructure is being developed.

Initial streams would be schools of Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Biological Sciences. Schools of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Computing Sciences, Engineering Sciences and other branches would be added after the expansion of the institution.

In its full strength, NISER would have 200 students each year in the 5-year programme, 150 in Ph D programme and 50 in post doctorate. This will be supported by a faculty strength of 300.

The academic programme will provide integrated 5-year M Sc Programme in core and emerging areas of basic sciences after Plus Two. This will be integrated with Ph D programme on one hand and employment opportunities in various R&D organisations and industries on the other.

NISER would also provide integrated M Sc and Ph D programme and Ph D after M Sc for students of other universities.

The first is located near Naraj barrage and the other near CISF installation and elephant reserve in Cuttack.

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