State Government has approved a proposal of the Higher Education Department to promulgate ‘The Odisha Universities (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 while amending the Odisha Universities Act, 1989 and repealing the Ravenshaw University Act, 2005.
State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik through video conference approved the proposal,said Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy.
He said the Cabinet has decided to repeal the Ravenshaw University Act, 2005 to bring all Universities under one Act.
Ravenshaw University will now come under the purview of the Odisha Universities Act, 1989 and continue to function as usual, he said.
Notably, Ravenshaw University at present is a unitary University established under the Ravenshaw University Act, 2005.
On the other hand, Gangadhar Meher University and Khalikote University, which are also unitary Universities, were established under the Odisha Universities Act, 1989.
Mr.Tripathy said there have been extensive amendments of the Odisha Universities Act, 1989.
As per the amendments, the concept of Senate shall be done away with as over the years it has become dysfunctional, the Chief Secretary said.
The Syndicate will function as the highest authority of a University and the Constitution of the Syndicate will be restructured to make it more functional and professional, Mr.Tripathy said adding, in the restructured Syndicate, there will be adequate representation of Chancellor as well as the State Government.
The tenure of Vice Chancellors will be enhanced from three years to four years so that they can make some long-term contribution to the University and the upper age limit to hold the post of Vice Chancellor shall be enhanced from 65 years to 67 years.
No Vice Chancellor shall be re-appointed as VC of the same University for the second time, he said.
Mr.Tripathy said that at present, the State Government does not have a say in the three-member Search Committee, constituted by the Chancellor, for selection of Vice Chancellors.
Therefore, an eminent academician, nominated by the State Government, shall be made a member of the Search Committee in place of the nominee of the Syndicate of the University concerned, the Chief Secretary said.
The concepts of ‘Registered Teachers’ and ‘Registered Graduates’ have become obsolete and will be done away with.
To avoid collective wastage of time and resources, recruitment of teachers in the Universities shall be done centrally by Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) whereas recruitment of non-teaching employees in the Universities will be done centrally by State Selection Board.
The extremely difficult provision of laying voluminous annual audit reports of all Universities in the Odisha Legislative Assembly shall be done away with, Mr.Tripathy said.
Instead, the annual audit reports shall be made available in the University website for at least three years for information of all concerned