Union Minister for HRD, Arjun Singh has assured Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik that the Centre would take a decision on setting up IIT and IIM in Orissa soon. Mr Patnaik reiterated Orissa's demand for the IIT and IIM in the wake of growing demand of higher professional education in the region.
The Orissa CM also demanded the setting up of a Central University in the KBK region in order to provide both traditional and modern education to youths in that area. While calling on the Union Urban Development Minister Mr S Jaipal Reddy, Naveen Patnaik sought more assistance in developing the urban infrastructure. The CM requested Mr Reddy to increase the allocation of funds to the state under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for the Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT).