Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the permanent campus of IIM Sambalpur, Odisha via video conferencing. Present at the occasion were Odisha governor Ganeshi Lal and state chief minister Naveen Patnaik, Union ministers Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Chandra Sarangi. Speaking at the virtual event, PM Modi said that the Indian Institutes of Managements (IIM) should work towards turning ‘local’ into ‘global’.

“To turn local into global, students of IIM need to come up with new ways. The country has 20 IIMs and this huge talent pool will help the vision for a self-reliant India,” the PM said.

“Our IIMs can act as a bridge between local products and global collaborations. Innovation, integrity and inclusiveness are the mantras for IIM Sambalpur which can help the country achieve the goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat. It is our responsibility to get a global recognition for ‘brand India’. Those who will be a part of this institution need to encourage development and focus on inclusivity of all,” he added.

Talking about the tourism in the state, PM Modi said: “Hirakud Dam, Debrigarh Sanctuary and Sambalpuri textile are giving a new edge to the tourism of Odisha. This entire region is surrounded by small industries and this is like a living laboratory to promote vocal for local.”

“Innovative ideas from youth will make the region of Sambalpur a great tourist destination in the future. I am confident our IIMs will power local for global with their alumni networks,” he added.

CM Patnaik joined in by saying: “I am delighted that the Prime Minister is laying the foundation stone for infrastructural development of IIM Sambalpur. In just about five years it (IIM Sambalpur) has been able to cast its positive impact upon the hierarchy of educational institutions in Odisha.”