Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone for IIM Sambalpur’s permanent campus in Odisha virtually on January 2, 2021, officials said Thursday.
Work on the campus will be completed in April 2022 and it will be a state-of-the-art structure fully equipped with green energy-efficient features as per GRIHA standards, said IIM Sambalpur Director Professor Mahadeo Jaiswal.
The institute’s new and permanent campus will have green features with maximum use of renewable energy. Odisha’s heritage and artistry will also be reflected in the building’s design, Jaiswal added.
GRIHA is a rating tool that helps people evaluate their building’s performance against certain nationally acceptable benchmarks.
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union Minister for Oil and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan, and other dignitaries will be present at the program, he said.
The ceremony will be attended by virtually 5,000 guests, including dignitaries from the Center, the Odisha government, industry leaders, PSU executives, IIM, IIT and IISER directors, he said.
The state government has provided 200 acres for the construction of the proposed campus, while the union’s education ministry has extended ongoing administrative support and financial grant of Rs 401.97 crore for the realization of the project, Jaiswal said.
IIM Sambalpur is the first IIM to implement the flipped classroom, a learning environment where basic concepts are learned digitally and in class experiential learning occurs through live industry projects. As part of realizing the vision of the National Education Policy, IIM Sambalpur has made inclusion as its core vision, said the director.
Inclusion is both in terms of gender inclusion and outreach to weavers and farmers, said the institute has outperformed all other IIMs in terms of the highest gender diversity in the 2019-21 MBA batch with 49% of female students and 43% female MBA 2020-22 lot, he added.