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An IIM for Jammu approved, Omar Abdullah resents


An IIM for Jammu approved, Omar Abdullah resents

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the establishment and operation of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Jammu at a cost of nearly Rs 62 crore.

The cabinet meeting here was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The 20th IIM of the country will function from a temporary campus at Old Government College of Engineering and for the initial four years, from 2016 to 2020.

According to an official statement, the student strength intake for this year (2016-17) in the Post Graduate Diploma Programme (PGDP) in Management is 54, and will progressively go up to a cumulative student strength of 120 in the fourth year.

Steps would also be taken up for setting up campus at Jammu and an out-campus in Kashmir region.

The Detailed Project Report for the permanent campuses is under preparation and thereafter the process for setting up of the campuses would start.

The cabinet also approved formation of an IIM Jammu Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

IIM Jammu will be run and managed by the Society with a Board of Governors (BOGs) to be constituted by the government, which will administer the institute and would be responsible for its establishment and for making it operational.

This is part of the Prime Minister's development package for Jammu and Kashmir.

The institute coupled with opening of an IIT at Jammu, modernisation of Institute of Technology (NIT) in Srinagar and opening of two new AIIMS institutions, one each in Kashmir and Jammu regions, would go a long way in meeting the requirement of high quality living and education in the state.

Opposition National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah today termed as “blatant partisan ” the Centre's decision to set up an IIM in Jammu region and hit out at Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, saying she had sold her soul to remain in power.

“Jammu gets the IIT & gets the IIM also. Where have all those voices that called for balanced regional development in J-K disappeared?” the former J-K chief minister tweeted.

He was reacting to the Union cabinet's nod to establish an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Jammu region.

Earlier, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) was also approved for the Jammu region.

The decision to approve the IIM for Jammu is just blatant partisan politics of the kind we have come to expect from the BJP-PDP coalition, Omar said, adding no wonder so much of the state is restive today.

The NC leader said when Kashmir was awarded an All Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jammu agitated, successfully, for its right to be granted one as well.

“Why this partisanship now? And don't tell me an ‘out campus' is good enough, because if it was, the IIM would have been placed in Kashmir with the out campus in Jammu,” he said.

Omar also hit out at Mehbooba saying she had sold her soul to remain in power.

“I realise that @MehboobaMufti has had to sell out her political agenda to remain in power but I didn't realise she's sold her soul also!!!” the NC working president said.

Currently there are 19 IIMs in the country, and 13 of them are located at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode, Shillong, Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Kashipur, Trichy and Udaipur.

Six other IIMs, which were started in 2015, are located at Amritsar, Sirmaur, Nagpur, Bodhgaya, Sambalpur and Vishakhapatnam.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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