Sept 20'05: Some may ask why Orissa does not do things
by itself. Why does it often asks center for this and that?
The impression that Orissa does not do things by itself
is a misconception. (First see the above bulleted item.) The pointers at
the site is a list
to give a glimpse of Orissa's efforts. But in the context of this
document, we can point out that Orissa government collaborated
with a private (religious) organization to create
which is now
one of the top Buisness schools in India.
This was done decades earlier than Nirma, or ICFAI or ISB Hyderabad.
Similarly Orissa govt created the Institute of Physics, and Institute
of Life Sciences, which only recently became centrally affiliated
institutions. So its a misnomer to say that Orissa government
and its people do not do things themselves and just beg the center
for this and that.
But there are things, which the center is
the only one who has the authority to do them.
This includes creation of institutions like IITs, IIMs, IIScs,
NIS/IISERs, ISIs, Central Universities, etc. With respect to them,
it is our request that they be balanced across the country
and its regions and states, and for that reason some
of them should now be established in Orissa, as
currently it does not have any of them.
Recently, someone wondered, if Orissa and Bhuabneswar have the
environment for top notch research. Following are some of the
highlights of research in institutions around Bhubaneswar. This
shows that indeed Bhubaneswar has already and can in the future
nurture a top-notch research and educational institution like an
IISc or NIS or IIT.
- Research at Institute of Physics is top notch by international
standards. Its alumni have gone on to many good institutions all over
the world. Many of its faculty and students have preferred it over
an IIT. Its annual report,
publication list, faculty
vita, and alumni
biography are good starting points to learn about the quality of
this institution in Bhubaneswar.
- The publications
of ILS are also of very good quality. Its a newer institution,
but is doing very good research and has some very good researchers.
- Publications at
Publications at RMRC (see page 123 – 125), accomplishments of
CRRI, research at
CIFA, research with practical
use at Olatpur, and language technology research at
ILTS, Utkal University, are some examples of good and useful
research done in and around Bhubaneswar.