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IIM Ranchi Gets Land For Campus

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IIM-Ranchi, now functioning out of a temporary campus at Suchana Bhavan, might soon be tucked away in the neighbouring district of Khunti as a central team approved of a plot on Ranchi-Khunti Road suggested by the state government.

A selection committee comprising officials of the Union ministry of human resource development, its counterpart in the Jharkhand government and IIM-Ranchi today inspected the 800-acre site, about 23km from Birsa Munda Airport.

"The selection panel is by and large satisfied with the site. But we want an assurance from the government that it would provide us with electricity, water and roads in the area," IIM-Ranchi director M.J. Xavier, who is also on the panel, told The Telegraph.

Among the Union government officials in the committee were special secretary (technical education) Ashok Thakur and director of bureau of technical education Pravin L. Agrawal, both in the department of higher education. State human resource development department principal secretary Mridula Sinha was also there.

Sources said ministry officials wanted the state to offer 200 acre against its earlier commitment of 100 acre. They wanted the government to send a revised proposal along with an assurance on electricity, water and road facilities.

On the response of the ministry officials, Sinha told The Telegraph: "They liked the site very much. It is only about 23km from Birsa Munda Airport and is on Ranchi-Khunti Road."

Land would be provided to IIM-Ranchi free-of-cost. Sources said the government owned 25 per cent of the 800-acre area, which it wanted to develop into an education hub. The area being barren, villagers were ready to part with land in exchange of compensation, they added.

Now that the campus area has been agreed upon, the government needs to act fast on land acquisition. After a final nod from the Centre, the management cradle will start construction for which around Rs 300 crore has been earmarked.

Xavier said the proposed campus would house classrooms, hostels, accommodation facilities for faculty members, a huge auditorium, prayer halls, a meditation centre and a swimming pool.

A dinner has been scheduled for tonight at a high-end hotel. It is likely to be attended by chief secretary S.K. Choudhary and officials of IIM-Ranchi and the state government. The management cradle managed to pull through the first year, with a batch of over 40 students in its basic post-graduate programme, on its temporary campus at Suchana Bhavan, a building owned by state information and public relations department.

Given the requirement for more space to offer fresh courses and also cater to its second batch, IIM-Ranchi is in urgent needs of a permanent campus. Notwithstanding the state's earlier promise to provide the institute about 120 flats in Khelgaon, IIM-Ranchi authorities have denied receiving any official communiqué on it.

The next session is slated to start from July.

(The Telegraph)

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