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Another groundbreaking function for IIM-Amritsar

Another groundbreaking function for IIM-Amritsar

GS Paul

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 6

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Amritsar, has again scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for its permanent campus at Manawala, on the outskirts of the city.

The chief guest would be Union Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ in the ceremony to be held on October 7. The guest of honour would be Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Ironically, the same ceremony was reportedly performed by former minister Anil Joshi in May 2017.

MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla said, “It will not be the second, but rather the third groundbreaking ceremony to be performed at Manawala. First, during the SAD-BJP regime, former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had laid the foundation stone of the permanent campus in June 2016, followed by another ground-breaking ceremony by former minister Anil Joshi. Earlier, there were some technical obstructions against the project. There was no point in holding the groundbreaking ceremony then. Now is the apt time to perform the ceremony,” he said.

Ironically, Punjab’s first IIM still has a temporary campus, which is located in the building of Government Polytechnic College near the GNDU. Even as the third IIM batch has been inducted, the absence of a permanent campus continues to irk students.

With the students of the third batch joining this academic session, the strength has reached 145.

The tentative cost of the IIM permanent campus is estimated to be Rs 671 crore. After many hiccups, the 61-acre land on the Amritsar-Jalandhar road at Manawala (between Rakhcheeta and Nijjarpura) was acquired during the SAD-BJP regime in 2015. The possession of the 60-acre land was handed over to IIM Society on June 18, 2016.

When the detailed project report was finalised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, it was found that the change of land use certification had not been obtained from the state government. When it was procured, another hiccup arose that an acre of land was still to be acquired from a farmer for the proposed entry gate towards NH-15.

Former minister Joshi could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

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