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Odisha Higher Education set for reforms


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 5:

Concerned at the steadily deteriorating standards of learning in the state, the Odisha government is mulling a number of steps to overhaul the higher education system in the state.

“A host of very useful proposals have emerged at the meeting on key issues in respect of higher education. The government will do its best to implement these proposals in a phased manner to improve the overall standard of higher education in the state,” Higher Education minister Pradip Panigrahi said after a meeting with all university vice chancellors, principals of all autonomous colleges and eminent educationists here this afternoon.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, the Higher Education minister said the major issue discussed at the meeting were online evaluation of Plus Two and Plus Three answer sheets, smooth conduct of examinations, introduction of unitary syllabus, provision of smart classes, upgradation of libraries and strengthening of other infrastructure of these educational institutions.

He said the meeting deliberated on changes to be made in the prevailing education pattern, infrastructure deficiency and NAAC accreditation to colleges fulfilling all infrastructure criteria.

Panigrahi also said that the meeting had a thorough discussion on steps to make these colleges student-oriented and ensure their bright future.

He also informed that a blueprint was formed at the meeting for proper utilisation of Central funds under thr National Higher Education Campaign scheme.

“The department, after getting the feedback from colleges and universities, would make sincere efforts to implement these proposals at the earliest possible,” he said.

Addressing the meeting, Secretary, Higher Education, Gagan Dhal said that his department had apprised all colleges and universities of the need to lay special emphasis on e-Learning, wi-fi campus, filling up of vacant posts of teachers and making efforts to make their respective institutions student-friendly.