Second central University in Odisha should be located in Kalahandi and not in Bhubaneswar

December 5, 2009 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Following is a report the This letter is a response to the earlier report on MP Dr. Patsani demand another Central University in BBSR .

The Honroable MPs from Odisha

Honorable Speaker, Lok Sabha
Mr. Sibal, Honorable Minister of Human Resource Development
Mr. Naveen Patnaik, President of BJD and Honorable Chief Minister of Odisha

Dear Honorable MPs from Odisha,

Refering to the recent demand for a second central University in Odisha in the line of Jammu and Kasmir by BJD MP Prof. Dr. Prasanna Patasani in the Lok Sabha (Dharitri, Dec 4, 2009).

it is appreaicble that honorable MP has taken a good inititaive for Odisha, however, unfortunately he has again identified the location as Bhubaneswar which is already having many central Govt. institutions. The Orissa’s state capital is already having or is proposed to have NISER, IIT, AIIMS etc which are of the same stature of national university, apart from railway medical college, ESIC medical colleges and many national level research institutions. Among 14 states selected for National University, Bhubaneswar is the only location where IIT, NISER (similar to IISER/IISc) and National University are coming in one place.  This is part from other state Govt. instiutions, IIIT, Universitites and national research centers.

In the line of  Jammu & Kashmir for two central Universities in the state, the location which deserves the second central University in the state is Kalahandi, as it has been figthing for a central University since past two deacdes and Odisha Chief Minister had at the last moment not kept his promise to the local people. The issue of Central University in Jammu and Kasmhir is similar to what happned in Odisha between Koraput and Kalahandi.

On the other hand establishing more number of central funded institutions in KBK, a size similar to the stata of Kerala, will bring inclusive growth of the region.

Beside that Western Odisha has not got a single central Govt. higher educational institutions recently whereas Central University and IIIT were located in South Odisha and many other instutisions came in Central Odisha.

Central University stuggle in Kalahandi is not only well known in the state but also in the whole nation.

Instead of bringing politics all the MPs from Odisha should come forward and fight for a second Central University in Odisha to be located in Kalahandi in the line of Jammu & Kashmir.

There is already a demand for a second central University to establish in Kalahandi in the line of Jammu & Kashmir (The Pioneer, Oct 24, 2009).

Being a well known piolitician, writer and social worker in the state Prof. Dr. Patasani should rather support such demand insetad of making a richer location more richer, otherwise National University should be established in Kalahandi instead of Bhubaneswar.

This will bring regional balance in Odisha.

Thank you and best regards

Digambara Patra

Digambara Patra, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon


Entry filed under: Bargarh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Region watch, State Watch-Monitoring the Odisha State, Universities, Upcoming Universities, Upcoming University.

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