NEW DELHI : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's budget
speech of February 28 carried an announcement that made
even the Ministry of Human Resource Development bosses
sit up in surprise -- an Indian Institute of Management
for Andhra Pradesh!
They were surprised because they hadn't
proposed it in their budget proposals. Some thought it
was a budget bloomer a la 2009 when Pranab
Mukherjee, by mistake, announced an IIM for Rajasthan
which was, in fact, meant for Jharkhand.
However unlike the 2009 bloomer this year's surprise IIM
announcement was actual and planned, included though at
the eleventh hour following hectic politicking and the
resultant is that Andhra will end up
having two IIMs -- the only state to have two of them.
Apart from the Andhra IIM Jaitley also proposed to set
up All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in
Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Himachal and
Assam. His proposals enumerated an IIM in Karnataka and
IIM in Jammu and Kashmir -- another last minute
Jaitley had, last year announced one IIM for the newly
created Andhra, the foundation stone of which was laid
down by HRD minister Smriti Irani on January 17, 2015 in Visakhapatnam. It
is likely to start admitting students this summer while
operating from a temporary campus.
Reading out his budget proposals for 2015-16 Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley announced :
“New AIIMS would come up in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab,
Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Assam. Keeping in view
the need to augment medical services in Bihar, I propose
to set up another AIIMS-like institution in the state,”
“In the fiscal year 2015-16, I propose to set up an IIT
(Indian Institute of Technology) in Karnataka, and
upgrade Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad into a
full-fledged IIT,” Jaitley said.
The finance minister said that three new National
Institutes of Pharmaceuticals Education and Research are
proposed to be set up in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and
Chhattisgarh along with Institutes of Science and
Education Research in Nagaland and Odisha. For the
Northeast, a center for film production and animation
will be set up in Arunachal Pradesh, while an
Apprenticeship Training Institute for Women will be set
in Haryana and Uttarakhand during 2015-16.
When asked about the proposed second IIM in Andhra the
said they had no idea how it got mention in the budget
"The first one, announced last year, is yet to start.
The job at hand is to ensure that it starts functioning
from this year," an official of the MHRD said.
A source even recalled the 2009 budget faux pas
and hoped that it may end up, like Rajasthan, in a
positive note. IIM Udaipur, he reminded, is the result
of a budget bloomer that had to be honoured.
Congress leader K.C. Deo, who had earlier demanded the
Visakhapatnam IIM, welcomed Jaitley's announcement. "If
they set up one more, it's well and good," he said.
Deo said the new state of Andhra deserved more
educational institutions since most of the reputable
centrally funded institutions had fallen in Telangana's
A government official in Andhra said the announcement
"Last year's budget announced an IIT, an IIM, an Indian
Institute of Science Education and Research, an Indian
Institute of Information Technology and a National
Institute of Technology in Andhra Pradesh," he said.