Bhubaneswar, January 2: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said that education in Odisha is witnessing a rapid transformation and the State has emerged as the education hub of the eastern India.
“Historically, Odisha has been at the forefront of education and research. Education in Odisha is witnessing a rapid transformation. I am particularly happy that our State continues its dominance in education sector and has emerged as the Education Hub of the eastern India,” said Patnaik during the foundation stone laying ceremoeny of the permanent campus of IIM, Sambalpur.
“With the establishment of IIM, IIT, NISER, IISER, AIIMS, NLU and many other institutions of national Importance. Odisha is emerging as a leading research hub of the nation. We are thankful to the Government of India for the same,” said Patnaik.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually laid the foundation stone of the new campus in the presence of Governor Ganeshi Lal, CM Patnaik, Union Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union PNG & Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Union MoS Pratap Sarangi.
Set up in 2015, IIM Sambalpur has already proved its mettle as one of the premier management institutions of the country. In just about five years, it has been able to cast its positive impact upon the hierarchy of educational institutions in Odisha, said the CM.
Maintaining that Government of Odisha accords highest priority to development of Human Resource and the “Skilled in Odisha” has already become an international brand, Patnaik said, “Our focus is to train our youth in the latest technology and technical know-how, and to make them market ready as per the demands of Industry 4.0.”
“I am happy to know that IIM Sambalpur has been aspiring to be the leading Entrepreneurial Hub in the Odisha and has entered into an MoU with the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises with emphasis on nurturing the entrepreneurial talent of the local weavers and agro-based businesses and to incubate Start-Ups in these areas,” added Patnaik.
Patnaik said, “This works in line with the Government of Odisha’s resolve to ensure inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development in the State. The State Government is fully committed to making policy provisions to make Odisha the most preferred Educational Hub in the Country. I assure all support to IIM Sambalpur in all its endeavours.”
The Chief Minister also said that with the support of the Prime Minister more and more central institutes will come to Odisha and accelerate the growth trajectory of the State.