Bhubaneswar: The State Government will invest Rs 1500 crore for the complete revamp of the Odisha University of Technology and Research (OUTR), Bhubaneswar, formerly College of Engineering and Technology (CET).
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday approved the master plan prepared for Nabakalebara of the engineering institute with an investment of Rs 1500 crore in three years. Of which, Rs 1,000 crore will be spent in the first year, officials said.
The State Government is planning to redevelop the institute like IIT. The intake capacity of the OUTR will be enhanced to 10,000 from present 4600.
Three major areas — infrastructure, teaching and research development — will undergo a revamp. Later more facilities will be added to the university keeping the need of the institution in mind, official sources said.
Taking a review of the available infrastructure, management, teaching facilities at the institute and advised the concerned officials to develop it as one of the leading institutions in the field of technical education and research. He emphasized on the quality of education and research.
Today, the Chief Minister reviewed the infrastructure, management, and teaching of OUTR. He suggested that the university be made a leading institution in the field of technical education and research. He also emphasized on the quality of education and research.
With the emphasis on quality education, new courses will be opened for new age technology and more Centers of Excellence will be set up to promote human resource development and inter-departmental research programs.
A Centre of Excellence will be set up in the university to offer new courses on new age technology and encourage inter-departmental research. In addition, teaching and research will be carried out in partnership with national and international universities.
The Incubation Center will also be developed in collaboration with various leading industries to encourage Startup culture among entrepreneurs and develop entrepreneurial spirit among them.
Special attention will be paid on how new patents and intellectual property rights can be obtained with research within the university.
It is pertinent to mention that Secretary to CM (5T) VK Pandian had recently visited the OUTR and had a discussion with the faculty and students over the development of the institution.
The institution came into existence as the College of Engineering and Technology (CET) as a Constituent College of the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) in the year 1981. It had been shifted to a 100-acre permanent campus at Ghatikia in 2001.
It is the only institution in Odisha that has received NAAC ‘A’ Grade accreditation. It was accorded the status of a university in 2021 and renamed as Odisha University of Technology and Research (OUTR).