Kolkata: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will
lay the foundation of the North-East centre of the Indian
Statistical Institute at Tezpur in Assam on July 23.
The centre will be set-up on a 25-acre plot given by the
Assam government at a cost of Rs 150 crore, sanction for which
had been given by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is
the chairman of the ISI Council, ISI director Bimal Ray said.
After attending the ISI Council meeting, where Mukherjee
was present, Ray said that chief ministers of all seven
states in the region have been invited to the ceremony.
The new centre, to be headed by Prof Sushama Bendre, will
help create a statistical database of the Northeastern states,
the director said.
The PM will also inaugurate a PG diploma course in
statistics on the same day, the ISI director said.
The Northeastern centre of the ISI is already functioning
temporarily from the Tezpur university.
Another new campus will be opened in Chennai at an
identical cost of Rs 150 crore, Ray said.