Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 2:
Ahead of beginning of the 2014-15 academic session, Utkal University, the premier university in Odisha, has cancelled admission to three self-financing courses citing shortage of faculty members.
The courses are Master of Rural Development, PG Diploma in Yoga Education and Master Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management.Applications for admission to 27 post-graduate (PG) courses in the University will be received from Thursday and will continue till June 30.
“The two courses – Rural Development and Tourism and Hospitality Management – cannot be continued this year since there are not enough faculty members to teach the students,” said PG Council Chairman GK Panda.
He, however, hastened to clarify that the two courses had been cancelled for this year only. “If the government provides teachers, we will consider resuming the courses next year,” he said.
The PG Diploma in Yoga Education course, which had 16 seats and was being run by the Sanskrit Department, had to be put on hold in the absence of a a single teacher and lack of space in the department to hold classes.
Similar is the condition of Master of Rural Development and Master Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management courses which had 50 and 30 seats respectively. The Master of Rural Development was being run by the Department?
However, Panda informed that students are not interested to pursue Master Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. “Students are no more interested to pursue the course. They are not applying for the self-financing courses. So, we decided to do away with them this year,” said the PG Council chairman.
He said the tourism course was started in a five-year project mode, which concluded this year. The university, it may be noted, has a total of 16 self financing course, including the three which are being dispensed with for this year.
The premier University of the state is facing a large vacancy of staffs including teachers to continue many courses. Owing to the vacancies, the number of seats in the History Department has been brought down from 60 to 48. With 110 faculty posts lying vacant in the University, the Finance Department had allowed Department of Higher Education to fill up 51 of the 110 posts lying vacant last year.
However, University authorities are yet to start the process.
Application forms for admission will be available online on the varsity website www.utkaluniversity.ac.in. While the forms would be sold till June 30, the entrance examination would be held from July 9 to 19. Results will be announced a week later and classes would begin from August 1.