Friday, 6 July 2007

Campaign for an IISER in Bihar
by Bibhuti Bikramaditya
Daejeon, S Korea

March. 7, 2007

This is not only the issue of highlighting this matter to media to bring government into action, it is also a matter of grave concern that despite repeated mentioning by the President of India for an Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Bihar in the joint session of the Assembly in Patna as well as at the recently held Global Bihar Meet, neither the Bihar government, nor any politician from Bihar has come into action. The pity is that they even don't know about IISER.

Though we (the BiharBrains team) have been successful in talking with Deputy Chief Minister just before the Global Meet, we do feel that unless all sections of the society including the educated class (Scientists/professors), politicians, administrators, students raise this issue to bring into notice of the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, it will be a futile attempt.

We should understand that Only IIT in Bihar will not serve the purpose. The establishment of IISER will help in creating research environment in the state in the field of all streams of sciences. This institute has great potential in bringing research environment on track and also this will be perhaps the first research institute of its kind in the field of science for the state of Bihar.

We are in the need of starting a campaign by all political parties on the demand of IISER in Bihar. I do hope all citizens of Bihar will help in this. I do hope all MPs of Bihar will sign over it.

I do request all PD readers to join hands with us for this noble cause.

I agree with the concern expressed by the Bihar Brains team. Every state is taking appropriate measures to bring world class educational institutions in their locality. Bihar has also started working on the same path but we should try our best to bring IISER also in Bihar. Majority of students from Bihar go out of state and end up in spending more than justified money on getting education. Apart from that we do not have any renowned research organization in Bihar. After splitting of the state, ISM, BIT etc institutes went to Jharkhand. So it is very necessary to bring some dignified research organization to Bihar so that it enhances it's capability to produce world class researchers. I would say it is the demand of time, I fully support this campaign. - Sachin Suman - Mar. 9, 2007

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