Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 25:
The Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) is all set to submit its report on the existing infrastructure of the self-financing colleges in Odisha to the Higher Education department.
“The Council, which had asked these self-financing colleges to keep their infrastructure ready as per the directive of the Higher Education department, has verified the infrastructure of 319 colleges and will submit a report to the department at the earliest,” said its chairman Prof Basudev Chhatoi.
It may be mentioned that the fact-finding committee of the Council had submitted a report to the Higher Education department four months ago in which it had stated that most of the self-financing colleges do not have the required infrastructure.
On the basis of the report, the Higher Education department, in a letter to the Council on March this year, had asked it to verify the existing infrastructure in these colleges.
Acting on the directive, the Council had formed 20 teams with 4/5 teachers in each team, which conducted surprise raids on these colleges.
“We had given more emphasis on the infrastructure of these colleges most of which have come up in Bhubaneswar. The teams conducted surprise visits to 2/3 colleges daily and examined their infrastructure including libraries, laboratories and classrooms. The teams found that most of these colleges do not have the minimum infrastructure stipulated by the Higher Education department. The situation in self-financing colleges in other districts of the state is no different. The committee has so far verified the infrastructure of 319 colleges of which 200 have very little by way of infrastructure. We are now in the process of initiating action against these colleges after the committee submitted its report in the last week of May this year,” the CHSE chairman said.
He said the report, prepared by the Council, will be finalised in 4/5 days after which it will be uploaded on the Council website www.chseodisha.nic.in. Authorities of these self-financing colleges can access the report on the site.
“The Council will give them 15 days to have their opinion on the report. After receiving the opinion from these colleges, the final report will be submitted to the Higher Education department which will take necessary action,” Chhatoi informed.