Two sites have been identified by the state government to be used as a site for Indian Institute of Management that was announced to be set up in the Himachal Pradesh last year.
On March 12, the team from the Union Government is scheduled to arrive in Nahan in Simaur district.
IIM classes were to begin from the session 2015-16 with a temporary campus till the basic infrastructure is build, as scheduled earlier.
An additional secretary from the Union Ministry and directors of IIMs in Ahmadabad and Lucknow will be a part of the visiting team. Accommodations that have been identified around the temporary campus in Nahan and Ponta Sahib will be also be inspected by the visiting team.
1000 bighas of land being available in Sirmaur District at the two sites at Mauja Kolar and Dhaula Khan, the Himchal Pradesh government had forwarded their proposal to set up the institute at the identified sites last year in November.
The basic infrastructure to house IIM is available with the non functional Agriculture Research Station at Dhalakhaun with over 500 acres of land which can be developed very rapidly after the IIM takes shape.
The visit by the central team had been planned twice before but had to be cancelled.
To advocate that the work is started at the earliest, the Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra had met the Union minister for human resource and development Smriti Irani last year in September asking her to send a site selection committee to finalise the site for IIM.
IIMs were announced in five states Punjab, Bihar, Odisha, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh in the last budget but, due to the failure of the central site selection team to visit the states for selecting the land required for the project, the work has yet not been started.
The central team has already informed the state government about their visit to select the site for IIM on March 12 according to a senior government official.