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Prime Minister Modi Inaugurates New Campus of IIM-Sambalpur

The campus is equipped with numerous lecture halls, video conferencing facilities, and eleven hostels providing accommodation for 600 students.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially opened the permanent campus of the Indian Institute of Management-Sambalpur, situated on a 200-acre land in Basantpur. The foundation stone for the institute was laid on January 2, 2021. The design and supervision of the campus were undertaken by DDF Consultants in collaboration with NBCC India, as outlined in the press release.

The campus features 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 incorporates a Guest House, according to the press release.

The campus is equipped with numerous lecture halls, video conferencing facilities, and eleven hostels providing accommodation for 600 students. It includes dedicated blocks for faculty and staff residences, a dining hall, sewage and water treatment plants. Additionally, there is a lecture hall equipped with traditional chalkboards, digital boards, and blended boards, along with a computer center and a comprehensive library that operates 24/7. The commitment to environmental sustainability is apparent through the planting of nearly one thousand trees, contributing to a lush and green campus environment.

Conceived and designed by the Delhi-based architectural firm, DDF Consultants, the campus draws inspiration from the local culture and ethos of the state of Odisha. DDF Consultants, known for designing multiple higher education campuses such as IITs, IIMs, and central universities across India, expressed the campus’s integration with its surroundings. The Director of DDF Consultants stated, “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 is neo-modern, and the facilities are state-of-the-art. It’s a perfect weave of Art and Architecture.”

The IIM Sambalpur campus is anticipated to receive a four-star rating from the GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) Council for its extensive Development Master Plan, which involves creating a sustainable and technologically advanced campus. The design focuses on achieving 100% daylight in regularly occupied living areas, along with well-ventilated interior spaces. The campus utilizes treated water from the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) for irrigation and flushing. Additionally, energy-efficient features such as a rooftop photovoltaic solar power plant, LED lighting, and the use of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliant electric appliances, including DG Sets, transformers, lifts, pumps, and motors, contribute significantly to reducing electricity consumption.

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