Combining resources from center, state, private organizations and PPPs to tackle the challenge

To achieve our goal of increasing the GER to 30 by 2020 and spreading higher education opportunities across Orissa we plan a multi-pronged approach involving contributions from the central government, state government, private organizations and through private-public-partnerships (PPPs).

Central Government: Following are some of the items where the central government will play an important role.
  • Orissa (location undecided)
    • Immediate establishment of a regional center of the proposed Worker's Technical University.
    • An IIM
    • An NID (National Institute of Design)
    • A SPA (School of Planning & Architecture)
    • A NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology)
    • A National School of Drama
    • National Institute of Sustainable Coastal Management
    • NIPER (National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research)
    • Indian Institute of Public Health
    • Regional/National Institute of Paramedical Sciences
    • A branch of National Academy of Construction
    • A branch of Indian Maritime University
    • Pushing various public sector that take Orissa's minerals and/or pollute Orissa to contribute significantly Orissa's HRD. Some of these public sectors are: SAIL, NTPC, NALCO, and CIL.
    • Establishment of the announced ESI Medical College in some place other than Bhubaneswar.
    • Three Rural Universities: one in the KBK district cluster, one in the Gajapati-Kandhamal district cluster and one in Sundergarh-Mayurbhanj-Keonjhar district cluster.
  • Bhubaneswar-Cuttack-Khurda-Puri metroplex: 
    • Adequate funding and support for the recently established institutions (NISER, IIT).
    • Quick completion of the AIIMS-like institution.
    • Quick establishment of the announced for National University in Bhubaneswar. Establishment of Engineering and Medical programs during the 11th plan. (I.e., in the first phase.) 
    • Adoption of the state-run Institute of Mathematics & Applications and its expansion.
    • Adoption of the state-run Institute of Material Sciences.
    • Establishment of a more broad-based research organization (like TIFR; or perhaps even a TIFR branch) in multiple scientific fields.
    • Upgrade the Regional Institute of Education to a National Institute of Education and make it an INI (Institute of National Importance) with its own act and own degree granting capability.
    • Upgrade the IITTM (Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management) in Bhubaneswar to a full campus.
    • Quick upgradation of Bhubaneswar airport and addition of international connectivity
    • Establishment of World class station
    • Establishment of the announced Railway Medical College.
  • Berhampur metro area:
    • Establishment of IIIT Berhampur.
    • Upgradation of MKCG Medical College to the AIIMS level.
    • Establishment of a national level research center
    • Establish link with Bhubaneswar airport
    • Push Tatas to establish an Engineering College.
  • Rourkela metro area:
    • Expansion of NIT Rourkela to have a medical college.
    • Establishment of a national level research center.
    • Commercial flights to Rourkela airport
    • Push SAIL to establish a medical college and IIIT/Engineering College. SAIl Bokarao is doing both in Bokaro.
    • Push ESI do make their second medical college in Rourkela.
  • Sambalpur-Jharsuguda area:
    • Adoption if VSSUT, Burla to an IIEST (Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology)
    • Upgradation of VSS Medical College to the AIIMS level.
    • Establishment of a national level research center.
    • Completion and operationalization of Jharsuguda airport
  • Koraput-Jeypore-Sunabeda:
    • Adequate funding and support for the recently established Central University of Orissa, Koraput.
    • Establishment of Engineering and Medical programs during the 11th plan. (I.e., in the first phase.) 
    • Establishment of a national level research center.
    • Planning for a commercial airport
    • Push NALCO to establish a medical college.
  • Kalahandi:
    • Establishment of a regional or central University
  • Kandhamala:
    • Establishment of a branch of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University
  • Balangir:
    • Establishment of an Institute of Engineering & Technology along the lines of San Longowal Institute of Engineering Technology (Punjab) and ABA Gani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering & Technology (West Bengal)
  • Keonjhar:
    • Make Orissa School of Mining Engineering, a branch of Indian School of Mining University, Dhanbad.
  • Balasore:
    • A DOD Medical College
  • Angul-Talcher-Dhenkanal
    • Expand the tiny IIMC (Indian Institute of Mass Communication) in Dhenkanal to be a full-fledged institute.
    • Push CIL/MCL for the completion of the announced for medical college. 
    • Push NALCO to establish an engineering college.
    • Push NTPC to make a IIIT as it has promised to do in Chhatisgarh.
  • The 18 GER districts:
    • Quick establishment of the model colleges in the 18 GER districts.
  • Model Schools
  • Science Magnet Schools
  • Vocational Education
State Government: It needs to establish new universities and new colleges and reorganize the colleges. The plan for this is described in detail in another page. Some details are also in this page. Here we list some of the other initiatives that the state needs to take.
  • Develop and implement an improvement plan for the existing colleges and universities in Orissa. Create a one time 1000 crore fund for this purpose.
  • Push for and monitor all the central government related initiative mentioned above.
  • Since Vedanta University will be a game changer for Orissa, the Orissa government should monitor the progress of this university, help when needed and prod them to speed-up when needed. I am told that they have recently agreed to establish 3-4 regional feeder/preparatory institutions across Orissa. The government should make sure those are also established.
  • Send feelers to other industrialists for HRD projects. (Below we list some that have already been identified.)
  • It should pursue with PHFI for an IIPH in Orissa.
  • It should pursue go get a campus of   National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR) in Orissa.
  • It should pursue an IIM Calcutta campus in Orissa.
Private Organizations:
  • Push Birlas to make progress on their BITS Pilani, Orissa campus plan.
  • Pursuse ISB for a campus in Orissa.
  • Push Mittal, POSCO, Jindal, Tatas for significant contribution to HRD.
  • Pursue Christian Organizations for a medical college in Kandhamala.
  • Pursue Hindu organizations for an ayurvedic medical college in Kandhamala.
  • Facilitate the quick establishment of Sri Sri University and Jagadguru Kripalu University.
  • Dump ICFAI University. (With the controversy surrounding them, they should be dumped for now.)
  • Facilitate the establishment of a Xavier University by the XIMB people.
  • Make it a general policy that anyone seeking mines from Orissa, anyone planning to establish a polluting industry in Orissa (such as a power plant) must submit a MRHR (Mineral Resource to Human Resource) plan. Orissa government should make a guideline in terms of the market value of the minerals. At the top slab the company must make a medical and engineering college and many ITIs. 
  • Look at the various rankings of educational institutions. Invite trustees that have top ranked educational institutions in India to establish centers in Orissa.
  • Help some of the top performing and/or unique private educational institutions, especially in the interior of Orissa, to become bigger, including making some of them universities. In particular, at this time following are some institutions which should be rewarded.
    • KISS (Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences) - for its initiatives to educate Adivasis.
    • GIET, Gunupur (for establishing a quality institution in an interior area where there is none)
    • JITM, Parlakhemundi (for establishing a quality institution in an interior area where there is none)
    • Silicon, Bhubaneswar (for its quality)
    • NIST, Berhampur (for its quality and to cater to Berhampur area)
    • Possibly BIT (after few years) - for the foreign expertise that it brings in
PPP:
  • Collaborate with a trust to establish an PIO/NRI University.
  • Establish several medical Colleges across the state in PPP mode. The state government should offer its larger district hospital and beds and partner with private organizations to establish many more medical colleges. Since not many students are able to afford the existing fully private medical colleges (KIMS, Hi-tech, SUM) the state government can reduce the cost of running and operating a medical college by offering its hospital, beds, its doctors and staff. The private party then has to spend much less. 
  • Monitor the establishment of the private medical colleges in Bhawanipatna, Balangir and Rourkela to which the government gave free land and some seed money.
  • Help IIIT Bhubaneswar to become a top-notch IIIT and following Andhra Pradesh, after 5 years, establish branches of IIIT Bhubaneswar in other locations of the state.
  • Encourage private contribution to the govt. engineering colleges. 
Beyond Vedanta University:

After Vedanta University starts classes, pursue other ultra-rich people in India to establish similar level universities. The people that should be pursued include the Ambani brothers, L. N. Mittal and K. P. Singh.
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