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Four 3-membered panels formed to examine varsities in Odisha

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Odisha: Panels to examine varsities
Four 3-membered panels have been formed of vice-chancellors, in order to look into various issues across the campuses.

After the university teachers ruled over the committees saying that, similar panels which were formed earlier have not seen any results, the governor and chancellor of SC Jamir on Monday, held an interactive session with the vice chancellors of 11 state-funded universities in the state.

The first panel, comprises of vice chancellors of Orissa University Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Ravenshaw University and Veer Surendra Sai University (VSSUT). They are expected to consider norms of various funding agencies such as University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and suggest ways to improve and gain more grants.

The second panel, comprises of vice chancellors of Utkal University, Utkal University of Culture (UUC) and Sambalpur University. They are in-charge of recommending changes in acts, statutes and account manuals, governing the universities and, further to make these relevant with changing times and requirements.

The third panel, comprises of vice chancellors of Ravenshaw, Berhampur and North Orissa Universities. They are elected to suggest measures for admissions, examinations and academic reforms, along with ways to prevent student unrest, sanction and creation of new posts, among others.

The fourth panel, consists of vice chancellors of Fakir Mohan University, Shri Jagannath Sanskrit Vishvavidayalaya and Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPTU). They are expected to recommend steps to improve gross enrolment ratio in universities and its affiliated colleges, infrastructure development and steps, as required by Rashtriya Uchhatar Siksha Abhiyan (RUSA).

Major tasks, which are to be carried ahead by these committees, are as following:

  • Tap more funds from UGC, AICTE and ICAR.
  • Revisit Acts, statutes and account manuals governing universities.
  • Take steps for reforms in addition, examination and curricula.
  • Check campus violence and
  • Improve gross enrollment ratio.

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