Published On : Thu, Dec 25th, 2014

CM turns Santa Claus; gifts state’s first IIM to Nagpur, operation starts next session

Nagpur: The advantage of the state Chief Minister hailing from Nagpur has started reflecting positive signs. After some activities gearing up on Mihan front and announcement of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Nagpur, CM Devendra Fadnavis is up with another big announcement that will put the city at the top layer of academics. Bringing the joy of Christmas and New Year to the people of Nagpur, especially among the youths, the government announced an Indian Institute of Management (IIM), nation’s top academic institute, to be set up in city. Not only this, the institute will begin functioning from the next academic session.

However the IIM will be set up at sprawling campus near the airport, for time being it will function from the two rented buildings at National Institute of Technology. The rent for these two buildings will come at Rs 6 lakh a month.

Higher and technical education minister Vinod Tawde made a formal declaration in the legislative council on Wednesday while speaking on a bill to clear two private universities. According to prescribed standards for Indian Institutes of Management, Nagpur emerged as the best location in all aspects, he said.

Addressing the media later, CM Fadnavis confirmed that the institution, proposed in the Union Budget this year, was likely to begin operations from the next (2015-16) academic session. The final decision on the launch would be taken by the Union human resources ministry after the government sent its proposal.

The CM, himself from Nagpur, has been taking a special interest in the IIM project and in November finalized 293 acres of Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation land at Mouza Dahegaon in the non-SEZ area of Mihan (Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur) for setting up the IIM’s permanent campus, the officials said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to perform the ground-breaking ceremony of the IIM campus on January 4, along with that for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Mihan, they said.

Academicians and government officials said the announcement would add a new feather in Nagpur’s cap. “It would help the city get the status of an education hub. Nagpur is the most deserving place for the IIM,” said joint director of technical education in Nagpur Gulab Thakre.

Clearly under the CM’s instructions, Nagpur’s administrative machinery moved at lightning speed to finalize the IIM proposal and dispatched it to the principal secretary of higher and technical education department. Thakre, along with collector Abhishek Krishna, were instrumental in drafting the proposal as well as inspecting and finalizing the makeshift facility for starting the prestigious institution at VNIT within a day on November 20.