New Year New Beginnings – Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi lays the foundation stone for the permanent campus of IIM Sambalpur
2021 has been a revolutionary start for the Indian Institute of Management, Sambalpur. With blazing new trails year on year since 2015, the institute witnessed yet another giant leap with the advent of the new year. Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone of the permanent campus of IIM Sambalpur via video conferencing on 2nd January 2021.
The ceremony was also graced by Hon'ble Governor of Odisha, Shri Ganeshi Lal, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon'ble Minister of Education, GOI, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank', Hon'ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, GOI, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon'ble Minister of State of MOAHD & Fisheries and MSME's, GOI, Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Shri Nitesh Ganga Deb, Hon'ble MLA, Shri J N Mishra, Hon'ble MLA, Shri Nauri Nayak, Smt. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, Board, IIM Sambalpur and former Chairperson of the State Bank of India, and Prof. Mahadeo Jaiswal, Director, IIM Sambalpur.
In his address, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi said, "With the laying of the foundation stone of IIM Sambalpur, we also lay the foundation of a new era for the youth of the country. I am sure that IIM Sambalpur will make Odisha the hub of management education. This decade will be devoted to the development of new Multinational corporations (MNCs) in India. Despite COVID, India has given a number of unicorns this year. These are largely growing in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. Today's start-ups are tomorrow's MNCs. These start-ups need capable managers, and those passing out of this institution will lead the way."
He further added, "With its core values of Integrity, Innovation, and Inclusion, IIM Sambalpur will show the country the power of management education. It is the responsibility of the students at the institute to bring global recognition to 'Brand India' and encourage development and focus on the inclusion of all. Students of IIMs must come up with new ways to turn local to global. I am confident that the efforts of IIM Sambalpur will contribute towards an 'Atma Nirbhar Bharat.'"
Hon'ble Governor of Odisha, Shri Ganeshi Lal, said, "Odisha and entire Eastern India will lead India towards transformation, innovation, and change. Students are the sustaining factor of the eternal values, 'bhay se mukt aur bhav se jukt.' Odisha will be an engine for the transformation of the country into a new India. I am sure Odisha and the entire Eastern India will lead India towards metamorphosis, innovation, and change. IIM Sambalpur can transform the world through the management skills they impart."
Hon'ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, said, "In its five years, IIM Sambalpur has already proved its mettle as a premium management institute and excelled in its ways. IIM Sambalpur has been aspiring to be an Entrepreneurial Hub in the State of Odisha. It has signed MoU with the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises with emphasis on nurturing the entrepreneurial talent of the local weavers and Agro-based business models. We look forward to working with IIM Sambalpur in areas of common interest. I pledge the support of this government to IIM Sambalpur in all its endeavors."
Hon'ble Minister of Education, GOI, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal' Nishank', said, "One day IIM Sambalpur will be renowned globally for its feats. The students of the institute will not only become responsible citizens but will also become entrepreneurs who help in job creation.
They will become brand ambassadors for India in the world. I am sure that IIM Sambalpur will ensure through entrepreneurship and innovation Hon'ble Prime Minister's vision of a 5 trillion economy and help in building an Atma Nirbhar Bharat."
Hon'ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, GOI, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, said, "I believe that IIM Sambalpur will become a hotspot of the global economy. The institute will help in new economic model creation for the rich area of Sambalpur."
Hon'ble Minister of State of MOAHD & Fisheries and MSME's, GOI, Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi, added, "IIM Sambalpur is a premium institute, and in a short span they have reached heights that are praiseworthy. They are among the top 75 management institutions of the country."
Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Shri Nitesh Ganga Deb, said, "The new IIM campus will definitely improve infrastructure for the students and faculties alike. I hope when they pass out of the institute they will prove themselves as the best entrepreneurs in our country."
Speaking on occasion, Smt. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, Board, IIM Sambalpur, and former Chairperson of the State Bank of India, stated, "The institute is making tremendous progress in a multi-faceted manner. We are fostering entrepreneurship, and our effort here is to go beyond giving degrees. Our ambition is that when our students leave this institute, they are more than mature entrepreneurs with creative mindsets and employment providers to many others. We are privileged to get continued guidance and support from our institute's board of governors. Today's laying of the foundation stone of permanent campus is a result of tireless efforts of our Director Prof. Mahadeo Jaiswal".
Further, Prof Mahadeo Jaiswal, Director, IIM Sambalpur, stated, "IIM Sambalpur was set up in 2015 by the Government of India to nurture individuals with an entrepreneurial mindset. We work with Innovation, Integrity, and Inclusion as our core operating principles. In line with the vision of the New Education Policy, IIM Sambalpur has embraced an innovative shift in its teaching-learning pedagogy from teacher-centric to learner-centric. The concept of the flipped classroom has been introduced by bringing industry live projects to the classroom that increases student engagement and learning. We have had one of the best gender diversities with 49% female students. We want to thank our Hon'ble Prime Minister for laying the foundation stone. We also want to convey our heartiest gratitude to Hon'ble Governor of Odisha, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Hon'ble Minister of Education, Hon'ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, and all other dignitaries, friends, and members of the IIM Sambalpur family who have been a part of this grand day."
The landmark ceremony was virtually attended by over 5000 invitees, which include dignitaries from the Govt. of India, Govt. of Odisha, industry leaders, PSUs executives, directors of IIMs, IITs, IISERs, media journalists, members from the weaving community, members from farmer community, students, alumni, faculties, and staff of IIM Sambalpur.
Green and Culturally Rich Permanent Campus of IIM Sambalpur
The new campus of IIM Sambalpur, spread across 200 Acres at Basantapur village near Goshala near Sambalpur City, will be an epitome of Sambalpur's rich textile and heritage and also promote sustainable living via its architectural design.
The 4-star GRIHA rated sustainable campus will follow energy efficient and ecologically sensitive principles of development. Using dual Flushing Cisterns, less water consuming urinals, showers, faucets, and others, will reduce domestic water consumption. The campus will be 100% daylit in regularly occupied living areas and fresh air ventilated interior spaces. Treated water from STP will be used for irrigation and flushing. Use of LED lighting and ECBC complied energy efficient electric appliances like DG Sets, transformers, lifts, pumps, motors, etc., will help considerably reduce electricity consumption.
One of the most striking features of the campus will be incorporating regional art that creates a symbiotic relationship with the architecture. Odisha's traditional IKAT—a patterned textile-dyeing technique—is mapped onto the brick facade with remarkable elegance, in colors similar to the state's soils.