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Odisha to draft own education policy

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Bhubaneswar: The Naveen Patnaik-led BDJ government in the state is working on formulating its own education policy and consultations in this regard are on in Delhi for a new policy at the national level.A nine-member state-level committee under the chairmanship of Fakir Mohan University (FMU) vice-chancellor S P Adhikary met for the first time to evolve the draft policy.

Speaking about the policy Adhikary said that the state policy aims to create enabling provisions to ensure quality of education in all spheres including medical and technical education and from schools to post-doctoral studies.

Odisha to draft own education policy

"Today's discussion was a preliminary one. A workshop will be held shortly for wider consultation with all stakeholders including academics, education entrepreneurs and students," he added.

Directors of higher education and technical education besides academics and administrators from both government and private sectors are members of the committee. Adhikary said he hoped the committee would give final shape to the draft policy within the next three months. He said the state policy would be within the broader perspective of the proposed national policy.

"However, specific needs of the state, keeping in mind the socio-economic and cultural situation of Odisha would be given importance in it. Just like the national policy, the state policy too would lay greater thrust on job creation, research and financial self-reliance of campuses," he said.

Sources said the meeting discussed 20 major points, which emphasised on resource generation for the colleges and universities, promotion of research and compulsory periodic training of teachers to ensure quality faculty members.

According to the preliminary discussion, the draft policy would suggest broadly uniform syllabi for various study programmes offered by varied institutions. Scholarships for students would be wider and more institutionalised. Greater emphasis would be laid on the job prospects of graduating students, the sources said.

The state draft policy is likely to be ready before the draft national policy, which is expected by the year-end, government sources said.

A member of the committee, however, said he didn't think there was any political motive from the BJD in bringing in the new policy. "The central policy may not fit into the state's scheme of things in its entirety. The state policy would be in sync with the Centre's with some variations to suit state needs," he said.

The state policy will be within the broader perspective of the proposed national policy. However, specific needs of the state will be given importance.

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