The Devendra Fadnavis government on Wednesday gave Maharashtra and Nagpur an early New Year blessing by announcing an IIM in the city that could begin as early as the next academic session.
Senior authorities said the IIM will start operations from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, which will charge Rs 6 lakh a month to lease two buildings. An infrastructure is planned at Mihan near the airport.
Higher and technical education minister Vinod Tawde made a formal declaration in the legislative council on Wednesday while talking on a bill to clear two private universities. As per prescribed measures for Indian Institutes of Management, Nagpur emerged as the best area 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 start operations from the following (2015-16) academic session. An official decision on the launch would be taken by the Union human resources service after the government sent its proposal.
The CM, himself from Nagpur, has been taking an extraordinary enthusiasm toward the IIM venture and in November settled 293 acres of land of Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation land at Mouza Dahegaon in the non-SEZ zone of Mihan (Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur) for setting up the IIM's permanent campus, the official said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to perform the ground-breaking of the IIM campus on January 4, alongside that for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Mihan, they said.
Academicians and government officials said the proclamation would include another credit to Nagpur's. "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 guidelines, Nagpur's managerial apparatus moved at lightning rate to finish the IIM proposal and dispatched it to the key secretary of higher and technical education department. Thakre, alongside gatherer Abhishek Krishna, were instrumental in drafting the proposal and reviewing and settling the temporary office for beginning the prestigious establishment at VNIT within a day on November 20.
The institute comes as a major victory for local legislators as those from other centres like Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad had been lobbying for it. In fact, MLAs from Aurangabad, cutting across party lines, had even campaigned with banners in front of Vidhan Bhavan.
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