Memorandum for Establishing the Proposed National University Burla-Sambalpur(World Class Central University) for Orissa

in Burla-SambalpurJharsuguda (BSJ) Region

Submitted to
Dr. Manmohan Singh, Honourable Prime Minister of India Smt. Partibha Patil, Honourable President of India Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Honourable UPA Chairperson Mr. L.K. Advani, Honourable Leader of Opposition Mr. Kapil Sibal, Honourable Union Minister of Human Resource Development Mr. Naveen Patnaik, Honourable Chief Minister of Orissa Members of Parliament from Orissa

Submitted & Approved by
Members of Koshal Discussion and Development Forum (KDDF) & well wishers

Drafted by
Dr. Sanjib K Karmee Department of Biotechnology Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands E-mail:S.K.Karmee@tudelft.nl And Dr. Digambara Patra American University of Beirut, Lebanon Email: dp03@aub.edu.lb

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Memorandum for Establishing the Proposed National University Burla-Sambalpur(World Class Central University) for Orissa in Burla-SambalpurJharsuguda (BSJ) Region
To Dr. Manmohan Singh, honourable Prime Minister of India cc Smt. Partibha Patil, honourable President of India Smt. Sonia Gandhi, honourable UPA chairperson Mr. L. K. Advani, honourable leader of opposition Mr. Kapil Sibal, honourable union minister of Human Resource Development Mr. Naveen Patnaik, honourable Chief Minister of Orissa Members of Parliament from Orissa Dear honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Singh, In the past few years MHRD and other central Govt. ministries have established many centrally funded institutions in Orissa keeping backwardness in mind. We appreciate the efforts of your govt. towards the developments of higher education in Orissa. Among all the centrally funded institution National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), railway medical college and the proposed national University (World Class Central University) are located in Bhubaneswar. The state govt has chosen two such centrally funded institutes out side Bhubaneswar-Cuttack-Puri region viz. Central University Koraput (South Orissa) and Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) (proposed) in Berhampur (South Orissa). Please have a look on the links for the distribution of educational institutions in Orissa (Appendix 1). Sir, Ten districts of Koshal region viz. Sambalpur, Balangir, Bargarh, Boudh, Subarnapur, Deogarh, Kalahandi, Sudergarh, Jharsuguda, and Nuapada have been demanding the establishment of centrally funded institutes in Koshal region. Orissa state Govt. has earlier betrayed demand of IIT in Burla-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda region and Central University in Kalahandi. The current Orissa govt. is continuing to be Bhubaneswar-centric by proposing new central governments institutes in Bhubaneswar. Recently the CM has announced that National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) will be established in Bhubaneswar. Bhubaneswar is already having NISER, IIT, AIIMS etc which are like national university apart from railway medical college and many national level research institutions. So like it is happening in other states such as in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharastra, etc National University in Orissa should also go to a city other than the state capital.
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Memorandum for Establishing the Proposed National University Burla-Sambalpur(World Class Central University) for Orissa in Burla-SambalpurJharsuguda (BSJ) Region
We urge you to oppose this capital-centric approach of the state govt and please allow the proposed National University (World Class Central University) to be established in BurlaSambalpur-Jharsuguda area. We are not against development of Bhubaneswar region but it should not be the case that Koshal region would be always at the receiving end like it happened for the demand of IIT in Burla-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda region and Central University in Kalahandi. Further, National University (World Class Central University) in Burla-SambalpurJharsuguda region would serve the broader interest of the state. Beside that Burla-SambalpurJharsuguda area has the following advantages for a National University: 1. Burla-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda area is well connected to most of the regions in the state and emerging as a central location for on going industrial activities in the region such as Sambalpur – Angul – Cuttack – Bhubaneswar belt, Sambalpur-Jharsuguda-Rourkela belt, Jharsuguda – Sambalpur – Lanjigarh – Rayagada – Koraput belt, and Sambalpur - Jharsuguda – Korba – Bilaspur-Raipur belt. 2. Sambalpur and its neighbouring city Rourkela area are two major metropolitan areas of the state. Burla-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda is more acessible for students from all the districts of Koshal region. 3. Recently, the AAI is taking initiatives to establish an airport in Jharsuguda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jharsuguda_Airport). This area is well connected to Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Vishakhapatnam, Raipur, Nagpur, Ranchi, and Mumbai by rail. 4. The Burla-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda area has all the necessary amenities like road connectivity, hotels, malls, restaurants, bookshops and parks. So, there will be no problem for attracting faculties for this University. 5. Currently this area has two universities (viz. Sambalpur University and VSS University of Technology), a government medical college, and few private engineering colleges. Rourkela city which is close to Burla-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda area has a National Institute of Technology. Once it will have a National University it can be an important knowledge centre of the country. 6. Even though the Koshal region is one of the least developed regions in Orissa, all the centrally funded educational institutes are located in Bhubaneswar-Cuttack-Puri region (please follow the earlier links). There should be equitable distribution of resources in order to
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Memorandum for Establishing the Proposed National University Burla-Sambalpur(World Class Central University) for Orissa in Burla-SambalpurJharsuguda (BSJ) Region
guarantee educational and economical development of the poor and empowerment of the women. 7. The health facility in Koshal region is one of the worst in the nation. Not only there is a serious shortage of health professionals but also the infrastructures in the hospitals of this region are insufficient and under equipped. This year when 100 people died from Swine Flue it caused panic in the nation but hundreds of lives are lost every year in Koshal region from common disease, for which the nation rarely thinks. A good example was when 40 lives were lost due to common disease like diarrhoea in Koshal region in last one month but nobody in the nation cared about the sensitivity of this issue. Therefore, we request you to kindly establish the proposed National University in Orissa in Burla-Sambalpur-Jharsuguda region instead of Bhubaneswar. Thank you and best regards, Members of Koshal Discussion and Development Forum (KDDF) & well wishers

Appendix 1: http://www.kosal.org/wp-content/uploads/Central-funded-Institutions-forhigher-studies-and-research1.pdf http://www.kosal.org/wp-content/uploads/State-funded-Institutions-forhigher-learning1.pdf http://www.kosal.org/wp-content/uploads/Private-Universities-Institutions1.pdf

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