Archive for January, 2012

Nrusinghnath temple, Bargarh

January 21, 2012 at 11:18 am 1 comment

Is breaching the promise of marriage illegal?

Following report is from the Samaja:

January 18, 2012 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

Clipping autonomy will hurt the growth of Sambalpur University Institute of Information Technology (SUIIT)

See the following TOI report. Some people are proposing to bring Sambalpur University Institute of Information Technology (SUIIT) under Sambalpur University Such a move will hamper the growth of the institute because it will lose its decision making and administrative power to Sambalpur University. All of us know that Sambalpur University administration is too slow because it is already overloaded with work of many affiliated degree colleges.

The govt. is taking steps to make some colleges autonomous; thus reducing the work load of Sambalpur University to some extent. Sambalpur University should cut down such unnecessary work load and devote it-self completely towards opening more undergraduate, PG and integrated PhD courses.

To hold or not to hold SUIIT hand

BHUBANESWAR: Proposals are gaining ground to bring Sambalpur University Institute of Information Technology (SUIIT) under varsity statutes. A large section of the university fraternity, however, is strongly opposing any move to dilute the autonomy of SUIIT.

The two-year-old self-sustaining institute, considered the biggest success story ever for the varsity, enjoys complete financial, administrative and academic autonomy as of now. “We are not against autonomy of SUIIT. But since it is a constituent of the varsity, it should be within the framework of university statute and University Grants Commission (UGC) rules, as enjoyed by other autonomous departments of the varsity,” said professor B K Tripathy, a member of the varsity Syndicate, a representative body of educationists in the varsity. “We have requested the vice-chancellor that the matter should be discussed in the next Syndicate meeting,” he said.

A brainchild of former vice-chancellor Arun Pujari, the institute was established in 2010 as an autonomous constituent of SU. It imparts MCA, B.Tech, M.Tech and M.Sc in computer science, M.Sc in electronics and M.Sc in bioinformatics in a self-financing mode. Some of these courses were pulled out from different existing departments of the varsity and brought under SUIIT. The state government had given an initial budget of Rs 10 crore in 2009-10 for the institute.Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education (DDCE) of the varsity gave another Rs 5 crore for construction of its buildings.

Those lobbying to bring it under the varsity statute say there are other departments in the varsity, which are also running self-financing courses. So, why should SUIIT be given so much special privilege? “The idea is to bring transparency in SUIIT functioning and strengthen it further,” said professor Antaryami Panda, a Syndicate member and director of Academic Staff College.

Currently, a governing board and an executive council under the vice-chancellor takes decisions on the functioning of the institute. Though the VC nominates two Syndicate members to the board, neither the Syndicate nor the Senate (the apex decision making body of the varsity) has direct say in its affairs. SUIIT appoints its own faculty on contract and arranges visiting faculty from internally generated funds.

Members of the varsity fraternity said since the model of the institute is on the lines of International Institute of Information Technology, Bhubaneswar, it should be left to grow on its own. “The university should do hand holding for initial few years and gradually give it more autonomy. That will help the institute to grow. Bringing it under the varsity may kill the institute,” said Bhabani Hota, president of All India University Employees’ Confederation.

The University Employees Association has strongly opposed any attempt to curtail the SUIIT autonomy. “Some vested interests are trying to ruin SUIIT. We will agitate against any such attempt. It has brought glory for the university,” said Mahendra Mishra, president of the association. SUIIT, which offers B.Tech in IT and computer science, should expand and open B.Tech in civil, electrical and mechanical disciplines, he added.

January 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm 2 comments

Bad condition of the oldest railway station of western Odisha: A report from Jharsuguda

Following is a report from the Sambad:

January 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm Leave a comment

Great writers fight for awards: Bibhuti blames advisory board

Following is a report from the Samaja:

 

January 15, 2012 at 8:30 am 1 comment

Balangir girl “Madhuri Mehta” finds place in the Indian women’s cricket team

Following is a report from the Samaja:

January 15, 2012 at 8:21 am Leave a comment

Method of legitimization of the Sambalpur kingdom

Click here to download the research paper “Medieval Odisha: Method of legitimization of the Sambalpur kingdom“. This article was publlished in Orissa Historical Research Journal, Vol. LI, No. 1,2,3,4, 2010, Bhubaneswar, pp. 66-76.

 

January 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

What has Hirakud achieved in 55 years?

Following report is from the Sambad:

January 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

Favoritism and Corruption in Odia literature awards: Barendrakrushana Dhal

Following is report from the Samaja:

January 13, 2012 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

Survey of Jharsuguda airport and visit by AAI officials

Following report is from the Sambad:

Following is another report from expressbuzz.com:

JHARSUGUDA: Officials of the State Government and Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Thursday visited the Jharsuguda airport to look into land acquisition for the airport.

The State Government has recently decided to develop the Jharsuguda airport as the second full-fledged airport in the State.  The existing airport has around 815 acres of land and another 191 acres would be required following the State Government’s decision.

Chief Secretary B K Patnaik had a few days back said that the Government had decided to develop the State’s oldest airstrip at Jharsuguda.

In the process, the Jharsuguda administration would undertake land acquisition for the required 40 acres for construction of a runway for the Jharsuguda airstrip. The Chief Secretary had said that  40 acres would help construct a 6,000-foot-long runway.

AAI general manager A K Pathak exuded confidence that the land acquisition process and other procedures would be completed soon to make the airport operational.

District Collector Guru Prasad Mishra said the district administration had already instructed revenue officials to complete the land acquisition process at the earliest.  Additional Secretary (General Administration) N R Lenka was present.

January 13, 2012 at 8:37 am Leave a comment

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