Claiming that Orissa was fast emerging as an educational hub, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said the government wanted to turn it into a 'sanctuary' of world class institutes.
"My government has a vision of making Orissa a 'sanctuary' of world class institutes for both learning and research," Patnaik said inaugurating the campus of International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) here.
IIIT Bhubaneswar was being developed by the state government which had alloted 23 acre land for it and committed to provide Rs 50 crore to build up world class infrastructure and facilities, he said.
The chief minister said the government had been investing in other institutes like National Law University, Orissa and Entrepreneurship Development Institute.
"We have other places like Institute of Mathematics and Application," he said, adding institutions like NISER, IIT, Central University and All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) were also now in the state.
While the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) would be coming up here soon, the state had been demanding an Indian Institute of Management (IIM).