(Cuttack Bureau)

The clandestine design of the Central Government against academic interest of Orissa having been exposed in orissamatters.com vide (https://orissamatters.com/news/index.php/2005/10/07/under-whose-spell-the-prime-minister-has-done-it/ , https://orissamatters.com/news/index.php/2005/10/13/why-an-nisiiseriit-should-be-established/ and https://orissamatters.com/news/index.php/2005/10/13/orissa-cm-must-rise-to-the-occasion-and-join-the-campaign/ ),an alert periodical of Bhubaneswar ‘Pratisruti Plus’ carried the first story in its latest edition giving link to this website. The exposure developed into consequential stir. Eminent senior citizens, who have served the State in top positions with acknowledged expertise in their respective fields, have collectively preferred a memorandum to the Prime Minister urging upon him to honour the earlier decision, placed before Parliamentary Committee by the then Central HRD Minister Mr. M.M.Joshi for establishment of a National Institute of Science (NIS) at Bhubaneswar. Headed by Prof. Sabitarani Kanungo, former President of State Selection Board, the signatories include former Works Secretary P.K.Quanango, former Vice-Chancellors M/s Bimalendu Mohanty, Gokulananda Das, Niranjan Panda, Former Engineer-in-Chief M.M.Kamila, former Director of Treasuries Hemant Kumar Das, former Director of Higher Education Gunanidhi Sahoo, former Director of Forensic Science laboratory B.K.Das etc. Even as the netizens of Orissa spread all over the world have e-mailed protest letters against eclipse of Orissa’s entitlement to have the NIS, protest rallies and debate-events are on the anvil in profusion against the Prime Minister’s order for establishment of the NIS in a new nomenclature like Indian Institute of Science for Education and Research (IISER) at Kolkata in obliteration of the NIS for Bhubaneswar.

Against this backdrop, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Orissa High Court by Prasant Kumar Das on behalf of Orissa Public Interest Protection Council. Admitting the case, a Division Bench comprising Justice L.Mohapatra and Justice R.N.Biswal has issued notices to both the Central and State Governments warranting their say on the status of the NIS decided for establishment at Bhubaneswar in 2003 by 31st day of this month on which day further hearing in the matter shall proceed.

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