The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the establishment of a new Indian Institute of Science Education & Research ( IISER ) at Berhampur, Odisha.
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also approved another proposal for formation of an Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Berhampur Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
Apart from giving ex-post facto approval for of starting the academic session of 2016-17 from August 1, 2016 from a temporary campus at Berhampur, the Union Cabinet also allowed an expenditure of Rs 152.79 crore towards operational cost for the first three years from 2016 to 2019.
The state government has provided 200 acres of land free of cost at Laudigaon under Rangeilunda block on the outskirts of Berhampur town for a permanent campus of the national institute. Work has started at the site. Creation of the post of Director of the institute in the pay scale of Rs 80,000 (Fixed) and introduction of a Bill for inclusion of IISER, Berhampur and IISER, Tirupati in the second schedule of National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (NITSER) Act, 2007 was also approved. In his 2015 budget speech, Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley had announced setting up of an IISER in Odisha.
The student strength intake for this year in the bachelor and masters (BS-MS) course is 60 which will progressively go up and the cumulative student strength is envisaged as 665 in the third year, including MS degree, MS-Ph.D, Ph.D and Post-Doctoral fellowships. Educational Consultants India Limited (EdCIL), a PSU of Ministry of HRD, has been asked to submit a proposal for preparation of detailed project report for the permanent campuses to be constructed for IISER, Berhampur, Odisha.
Earlier, there were only five IISERs — at Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram.