Action Plan For HE

The State Higher Education Department has prepared an Action Plan for 2018-19 for implementation of its ongoing schemes.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed the progress of the department here. As per the review, the pupil-teacher ratio is 26:1 in Odisha which is same as National average.

Odisha has bettered States like Chandigarh (31:1), Chhatisgarh (27:1), Assam (30:1), Bihar (70:1) and Delhi (57:1). It added that Career Counselling Cells have been established in 10 State Universities, civil service coaching centres in seven universities across Odisha.
The department has been providing laptops to 15,000 meritorious students every year. Besides, study loan are being provided to students of technical and professional courses at 1 pc interest under Kalinga Sikha Sathi Yojana (KSSY). Self-defence training is being imparted to girl students in colleges and universities by the department.
In a bid to reform higher education sector in the State, as many as four State universities and one private university (Birla Global University) have been established.  

As many as eight Model Degree Colleges (Boudh, Deogarh, Malkanagiri, Nawarangapur, Nuapada (Khariar), Nayagarh, Rayagada, Sonepur) have been set up with 5,000 students. Five Human Resource Development Centres in Universities have been set up. Besides, nine universities received Rs 20 crore each and 112 Colleges received Rs 2 crore each, under RUSA grants for infrastructure development.
The department has created 20,000 hostel seats for students (6,700 for boys and 13,300 for girls) across the State.  The department’s efforts to improve higher education received a boodt with the passing of Odisha State Higher Education Council Act, 2017 and Odia University Act 2017 in the Assembly.
The department has also implemented ‘Green Passage’ and ‘VyasaKabi Fakir Mohan Senapati Scholarship’ scheme for meritoriuous students.
As many as 1,625 lecturers, recruited by SSB have already been appointed in different Non-Government Aided Colleges of the State. 227 Junior Lecturers in Government Junior Colleges have been appointed.
Steps are being taken to fill up 833 posts of Junior Lecturers through SSB with the consultation of School and Mass Education Departmentt. OPSC was requested to fill up 513 posts in degree colleges.
The department’s action plan for 2018-19 includes proposal to set up new model degree colleges in aspirational districts under RUSA 2.0 programme. A new research proposal ‘Odisha University Research and Innovation Incentivization Plan’ is underway.

The department will make mandatory accreditation for Higher Educational Institutions.

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