A team from the department of education, Bihar government, will visit Bodh Gaya on Tuesday to finalise the land for the state's first first Indian Institute of Management(IIM).
The plan for starting the IIM academic session from 2015 is still on course. SM Karim, director, higher education said,“Yes, we are going to Bodh Gaya on Tuesday, as we have to submit the map of the land to MHRD. The MHRD has asked for
it,” said . Sources, however, said the delay in handing over land with the map to the MHRD may come in the way of starting the IIM academic session. With mentors of the six new IIMs finalised, the Centre wants to start activities at all centres from the coming academic session, though with limited intake.
In January this year, a team comprising officials from the MHRD and IIM, Indore director Rishikesh T Krishnan had also visited Bodh Gaya to work out the modalities. Notably, IIM-Indore has been declared the mentor institution for the
proposed IIM at Bodh Gaya. The government had identified 119 acres of Magadh University land for the B-school.
Later, it got approval of the MU senate and syndicate too. “But the delay thereafter has led to speculations as to whether the B-school would get going this year, since the urgency shown earlier seems to have waned after the exit of Jitan Ram Manjhi from the chief minister’s chair,” said an official.
In response to a query by an RTI activist, Brajnandan Pathak, over the status of land for the IIM in Gaya, on May 19 last, the MHRD said: “The proposal is still under consideration of the ministry. The state government has not been able to furnish details of the land with locations and approved map of the campus. The land or place is to be decided by the state government which has not been done so far”.
On the other hand, a letter from the department of education official Senthil Kumar presented a different picture.
Kumar wrote to the Magadh University (MU) registrar saying there was only 68 acres of land visible on the site, as against 119 acres identified and informed by the university.
MU registrar Sushil Kumar Singh refused to comment on the issue. He, however, said that the university had already sent all the relevant documents to the government and it was now up to the state to take a final decision on the issue.