XLRI plans to open new campus in Bhubaneshwar

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Andhra’s loss is apparently Orissa’s gain as XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur is planning to open a new campus at Bhubaneswar after failing to Andhra govt. approval for its campus  at Hyderabad .

The board of governors of XLRI, one of India’s oldest and premier business schools decided to go ahead with the plan after the Naveen Patnaik government agreed to allot 35 acre land near Jatni, a small township located between Bhubaneshwar and Puri.

Bhubaneshwar already has XLRI’s sister institution Xavier Institute of Management running since 1987.

XLRI director Fr E Abraham said that Orissa government had willingly allotted 35 acres of land near Bhubaneshwar. “It is accessible properly by rail and bus services and very close to the capital (around 20 kilometers),” he added.

The director hoped that the institute might start with its flagship course in human resources (two years Personnel Management and Industrial Relation course) by 2012 end.

He, however, did not reveal other details like the intake capacity during the inaugural session of the new campus. “It could be known only after the infrastructure is made ready for the launch of the branch. This is a new experience for us as it is our first campus outside Jamshedpur,” added Abraham.

The institution has already started process for off loading its six-month Entrepreneurship Development program at the vacant land near Xavier Institute of Tribal Education (XITE) in Gamharia under neighbouring Seraikela-Kharsawan district.