Action Plan For Varsity

Odisha Government is concerned as none of the State Universities is figuring in the list of country’s top universities.

Year after year, Universities of the State are missing the elite tag as other universities of the country are surpassing these educational institutions over imparting quality education.

Worried over the matter, the State Government is mulling an integrated action plan to improve quality of education in the Universities.

Secretary Department of Higher Education Bishnupada Sethi has asked the officials to plan out such an initiative in consultation with the Vice Chancellors and educationists, said sources.

In the recently held Vice Chancellors’ Meet, it came to fore that none of the State run universities are finding place in top 100 universities of India.

It compels the State Government to think that things are not on right track and needs improvement.

According to sources in the Department of Higher Education, Minister Anant Das pointed out in the Vice Chancellors’ Meet that several proactive measures were taken to improve quality education in the universities.

The Minister Das has underscored the necessity of development of a Portal for Single Admission Process for all the academic institutions of the State.

Timely conduct of examination, publication of results and distribution of certificates seem to be real problems that the universities are facing time and again.

Following up a non negotiable academic calendar has all along been harped on in recent years.

However, a number of complaints relating to careless and erroneous evaluation of answer sheets, non publication of results in time and inordinate delay in distribution of certificates is reaching the highest level of the state administration.

Even as there has been a perceptible improvement in other universities in regard to distribution of certificates, Utkal University is way behind in this regard.

All along, demands have been made for initiating a special drive to distribute certificates, however, Utkal University has not come up with such initiative, said sources.

The Vice Chancellor of Utkal University has promised in the Vice Chancellors’ Meet that the pendency of certificates will be sorted out in next four months, said sources.

While stress was laid on filling up the posts of faculty in the universities, the Vice Chancellors were advised to go for biometric system to ensure punctuality of staff.

It came to fore that maintenance of transparency in selection of Vice Chancellors for various State Universities of Odisha has been lauded at the national level.

Chancellor’s office is maintaining total transparency in appointing Vice Chancellors for quite some years and this has yielded results as honest, efficient and knowledgable educationists are getting opportunity to enter into Universities as Vice Chancellors, pointed out a senior official.

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