A couple of days after city MP Anil Shirole pledged his efforts for establishment of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Pune, the announcement of setting up such an elite B-school in Maharashtra in the Union budget on Thursday raised hopes of Puneites.
The BJP leader’s dream, however, has the grim backdrop of Pune losing the chance of setting up state’s first Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) due to non-availability of land.
Pune’s loss eventually proved to be Nagpur’s gain when the state government, in October last year, decided to zero in on the Vidarbha city for establishing maiden IIIT following delay in identifying and acquiring land in this city for the institute.
Speaking with Newsline, Shirole said he would put in all possible efforts for getting the city an institute of national importance. “The budget mentions that total five IIMs will be set up in Maharashtra and four other states. There is no specific mention of Pune as the location. However, I will take all possible efforts to gain the proposal for Pune,” he said.
When apprised about the fate of IIIT project Pune, Shirole said such delay would not happen if Pune gets clearance for IIM. “Lack of political will could have been the reason behind Pune losing chances for IIIT.
Acquisition of land would not be an issue in case of setting up IIM in Pune. Several fringe villages are getting added into Pune and therefore acquisition of suitable land would not be any issue.
I recently discussed demand for setting up IIM in Pune with Union Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani, and she sounded positive. I am also in touch with two other ministers from Maharashtra, Nitin Gadkari and Prakash Javadekar, for allocating IIM in Pune,” he said.
The IIIT in the state was part of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) plan to set up 20 such institutions across the country. The proposed IIITs were expected to offer courses such as BTech, MTech and PhD in information technology.
Months after announcement, Nanoli in Chakan taluka of Pune was among the few places that were considered for the campus in 2011. But things could not move ahead.
The district administration kept on saying that it was yet to decide on allotting land for the campus and maintained that talks with officials of Chakan Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) were on.
Though the work for the campus was set to begin by mid 2012, the inability to acquire land strengthened chances of Nagpur setting up maiden IIIT project. Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar and Odisha are other states that will have IIM besides Maharashtra, as per Union budget.