Fadnavis gifts Nagpur an IIM

The Devendra Fadnavis government gave Maharashtra and Nagpur an early New Year gift by announcing an IIM in the city that could start as early as the next academic session.
Senior officials said the IIM will begin operations from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, which will charge Rs.6 lakh a month to rent out two buildings. A campus is planned at l Mihan near the airport. Higher and technical education minister Vinod Tawde made a formal declaration of opening the state’s first Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in the legislative council on Wednesday. According to prescribed standards for IIMs, Nagpur emerged as the best location in all aspects, he said.
Addressing the media later, CM Fadnavis confirmed that the institution, proposed in the Union Budget this year, was likely to begin operations from the next (2015-16) academic session. The final decision on the launch would be taken by the Union human resources ministry after the government sent its proposal.
The CM, himself from Nagpur, has been taking a special interest in the IIM project and in November finalized 293 acres of Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation land at Mouza Dahegaon in the non-SEZ area of Mihan (Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur) for setting up the IIM’s permanent campus, the officials said. PM Narendra Modi is likely to perform the groundbreaking ceremony of the IIM campus on January 4, along with that for AIIMS in Mihan, they said.
Academicians and officials said the announcement would add a new feather in Nagpur’s cap.
The institute comes as a major victory for local legislators as those from other centres like Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad had been lobbying for it. In fact, MLAs from Aurangabad, cutting across party lines, had even campaigned with banners in front of Vidhan Bhavan

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