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PM Inaugurates Indian Institute of Management-Sambalpur’s Campus  

Feb 3, 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the permanent campus of Indian Institute of Management-Sambalpur. The permanent campus is located in Basantpur, on 200-acre land. The foundation stone for the institute was also laid on January 2, 2021. The campus was designed and supervised by DDF Consultants in association with NBCC India.

The campus boasts several key structures, including the Koutilya – Administration Building, Thakshasila 1 and 2 – Academic Blocks, Konark – Auditorium Block, I2 Hub: Incubation, Innovation and Library, Faculty Block, and MDP Block, which includes a Guest House.

The campus has multiple lecture halls, video conferencing facilities, and Eleven hostels with accommodation for 600 students. It comprises dedicated blocks for faculty and staff residences, a dining hall, sewage and water treatment plants, a lecture hall equipped with traditional chalkboards, digital boards, blended boards, a computer centre, and an extensive library open 24\7. The commitment to environmental sustainability is evident with planting almost one thousand trees, contributing to a lush and green campus environment.

The campus is conceptualised and designed by a Delhi-based Architectural firm, DDF Consultants, which has also designed multiple higher education Campuses such as IITs, IIMs and central Universities across India. The Director of DDF Consultants said, “The design of IIM is inspired by the local culture and ethos of the state of Odisha. It not only belongs to the place but also stands out as an international platform of higher education technologically and aesthetically. The look and feel of the campus are neo-modern, and the facilities are state-of-the-art. It’s a perfect weave of Art and Architecture.’

The GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) Council is expected to award a 4-star rating to the IIM Sambalpur campus for a large Development Master Plan involving designing and constructing a green, smart and world-class campus with state-of-the-art infrastructure, says a press release issued by DDF consultants. The campus is designed to be 100% daylit in regularly occupied living areas, with fresh air-ventilated interior spaces. Treated water from the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) is efficiently utilised for irrigation and flushing. Photovoltaic solar power plant rooftop installation and the incorporation of LED lighting and Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliant electric appliances, including DG Sets, transformers, lifts, pumps, motors, etc., significantly reduce electricity consumption.