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This was a lively debate. Expect few leaders everyone spoke within the scope of the topic. Otherwise, now day TV debates are often turning brawl and theatrical stage. I observed that all most all leaders spoke in Kosli language. They should also use Kosli language in assembly; so that people of western Odisha will understand them. The discussion was about health, education and human resource development in western Odisha (Balangir and Kalahandi Medical college, AIIMs and other centrally funded institutes); industrialization; pollution in Sambalpur-Jharsuguda belt; KBK issues, Dadan sramik; malnutrition; starvation death; unemployment; Gadjats; feudal mentality of political leadership; and Kosal state demand.
People of western Odisha feel alienated because their voice is not heard by the mainstream Odia media. Thanks to the Kanak TV for providing a platform to people of western Odisha (although one speaker was accusing the organizers about the choice of the title and divide and rule policy).
BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has decided to enhance scholarships for college students and those pursuing technical courses.
A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting presided by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today. Plus Two, degree, post-graduate, engineering, medical, dental, agriculture and veterinary students will be eligible for the enhanced scholarships.
It was also decided that more students will be given scholarships from the current academic year. The junior merit scholarship for the Plus Two students has been increased from ` 40 to ` 300 per month. Senior merit scholarship for degree students has been hiked from ` 50 to ` 500 per month.
The PG merit scholarship will be ` 1000 per month. This has been enhanced from ` 60. The scholarship for students pursuing engineering, medical, dental and other technical studies will be ` 10,000 per year.
The income limit of the parents for availing the scholarship for their wards has been enhanced to ` 4.5 lakh per year from ` 24,000. Interested students can apply for the scholarship to the Higher Education Department through their respective colleges.
While 5000 students will be given the scholarship at the Plus Two level, this will benefit 1000 students at the degree level.
At PG level, the scholarship will be given to 500 students. Besides, 10,000 students from different technical courses will be extended the scholarship.
The Chief Minister underscored the need for creating awareness among the students about the new scholarship structure.
He said the students should get the scholarship amount at the right time.
Higher Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, Bijay Kumar Patnaik, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Additional Development Commissioner Rabinarayan Senapati, Principal Secretary in the Finance Department Jugal Kishore Mohapatra, Secretary, Higher Education Department, Madhusudan Padhi, and senior officials were present.
SAMBALPUR: The privatisation and outsourcing spree has not spared Sambalpur University either. If the varsity authorities have their way, students will soon find their examination and evaluation done by a private agency. And this has stirred up a hornet’s nest. The student community and the intelligentsia expressed strong resentment at the move to outsource examination.
The university is planning Integrated Examination Management System under which a private agency will be hired. The agency will look after all the exam-related activities __ registration of examinees, admit cards, setting question papers, valuation of answersheets and issuing provisional marksheets. The system is to be implemented at the university’s 220-affiliated colleges, besides various departments. Once implemented, this would effectively end the work of six examination cells, six confidential cells, one private cell and one distance education cell that are involved in conducting examinations of around 65,000 students every year.
Sources said three south-based IT firms __ Mind Largx Infotech Limited (Bangalore), Merit Trac Services Private Limited (Bangalore) and Om Shanti Soft Solution Private Limited (Hyderabad) had evinced interest in the project after the varsity floated a tender in July. Although university authorities have not yet finalised the deal, the move has led to public outcry. Former Vice-Chancellor of Berhampur University Prof A P Padhi and All-India University Employees’ Federation president Bhawani Hota have asked the authorities to first evolve a consensus. University syndicate member Karunakar Supakar said he would raise the issue at the syndicate.
The decision has also come in for stiff opposition from Sambalpur University Employees’ Association, All-Koshal Students’ Union, Sambalpur Chhatra Vikash Parishad and Sambalpur unit of NSUI. The NSUI, led by district president Debasis Dash, held a meeting on Saturday and resolved to launch a stir if the decision is not withdrawn. However, university Registrar Dr S S Rath said the proposal is at nascent stage and all aspects will be looked into before taking a final decision.
–This report was filed by Mr. Ratan K Pani
Existing and proposed Central funded National Institutes and Universities in Orissa:
1. NIT, Rourkela, Dist. Sundargarh 1. IIT, Bhubaneswar
2. Central University, Koraput 2. IIT – Kharagpur, Bhubaneswar Branch
3. Indian Institute of Handloom Technology, (IIHT), Bargarh 3. National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubanneswar
4. Food Craft Institute, Balangir 4. AIIMS like Institute, Bhubaneswar
5. IIIT, Bhubaneswar
6. National University, Bhubaneswar (proposed)
7. IIIT, Berhampur (Work on progess)
8. Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management (IITTM), Bubaneswar
9. Institute of Minerals and Material Technology, Bhubaneswar
10. Indian Institute of Mass Communications,(IIMC), Dhenkanal
11. Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack
12. Biju Pattanaik National Steel Institute (BPNSI), Puri
13. Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Bhubaneswar
14. Eastern Regional Language Centre for CILL, Bhubaneswar
15. Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar
16. Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar
17. Regional Medical Research Centre, (RMRC), Bhubaneswar
18. Central Fisheries Institute, Kousalyaganga, Bhubaneswar
19. Regional Research Laboratory,Bhubaneswar
20. National Research Centre for Women in Agriculture (NRCWA), Bhubaneswar
21. Ocean Science and Technology Cell (OSTC), Berhampur
22. National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (NIRTAR), Cuttack
23. National Institute of Design (NID), Bhubaneswar (Proposed)
24. NIFT, Bhubaneswar (Proposed)
Central and State sponsored Medical Institutions in Orissa
1. VSS Medical College, Burla, Sambalpur 1. SCB Medical college, Cuttack
2. Medical College under Central University, Koraput 2. SCB Dental College, Cuttack
3. MKCG Medical College, Berhampur
4. Capital Medical College, Bhubaneswar
5. AIIMS, Bhubaneswar (Proposed)
6.ESI Medical College and Hospital, Bhubaneswar (Proposed)
7. Medical College under National Innovative University, Bhubaneswar (Proposed)
8. ECO Railway Medical College, Bhubaneswar (Proposed)
9. Medical College by MCL, Talcher, a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd
10. Medical College, Balasore (Proposed by State Government.)
11. Medical College, Balasore (proposed by Defence dept)
Hundreds of crores rupees received from central government in the name of KBK has become a source of exploitation for the state government. The head quarter of the KBK scheme is at the state capital Bhubaneswar, far away from the problems people are facing in their every day life. This century of exploitation by all successive state government since the formation of the state in 1936, towards these tribal pockets has forced them to shout for a separate state of Kosal comprising 11 districts and a sub-division of Western Orissa. Also, the Maoist guerillas are spreading in rest tribal districts in rapid speed taking advantage of this.
These entire exploitation stories remind the colonial era and raise some fundamental questions about democratic rights in India.
New recommendation by Higher Education Task Force (HETF), Orissa show gross injustice towards Western Orissa
Following picture is taken from http://www.dheorissa.in/DHE/consolidated.aspx. This picture clearly shows the injustice of Orissa govt. and Higher Education Task Force (HETF) towards western Orissa. Just look at the density of the institutes in both the region, that is coastal and western Orissa.
For decades people from western Orissa have been pleading to deal with inter-regional horrendous disparity. Solution offered had been to decentralize all state institutions as well as spread whatever is obtained from the central govt. but to no avail. All the centrally funded institutes are located in the coastal belt, now the new recommendation by Higher Education Task Force (HETF) adding salt to the wound of western Orissa people.
The disparity is so stark that one really does not need to count.
Dear Mr. Patnaik and Members of Higher Education Task force
Forming a Higher Education Task force is good development by the state Government. We the members of KDDF, herewith drawing your attention for the consideration of the following matters for the development of higher education in various centers of western Odisha viz. Sambalpur, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Balangir, and Suderdarh.
Politically, western Odisha or Koshal region of Odisha has been seriously neglected in higher education, most of the new central Government institutions are coming in Cuttack-Bhubaneswar and South Odisha region and not a single one is established in Western Odisha which lacks sufficient number of higher educational and research institutions despite consisting a vast area and population. The state Government has at the last moment betrayed for a Central University in Kalahandi and ignored demand of IIT in Sambalpur. Recently ESIC medical college was also not feasible in Balangir whereas National Steel Institute was established in Puri instead of Sundergarh. The continuous political neglect towards Western Odisha should be stopped for the betterment of this region in Higher Education.
Improving Faculties in Existing Major Colleges
Without improving present infrastructure Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Higher Education will never enhance. Most of the major colleges in Western Odisha are being neglected by state Government. Presently, there are many regular vacant faculty posts existing in G. M. Autonomous College Sambalpur, Government Autonomous College Bhawanipatna, Panchayat College Bargarh, Rajendra Autonomous College Balangir, Government Autonomous College Sundergarh etc. In fact condition of higher education in Western Odisha is further downgraded in last 10 years by directly affecting GER. For example, Government Autonomous College Bhawanipatna (GACB) has 38 vacant regular posts at this moment unlike a decade ago. There were 8 faculties serving in Chemistry Department of GACB a decade ago and now only two of them are serving for the whole college. Same is the case in other departments and colleges in western Odisha. Without adequate number of faculties how GER in higher education will improve? We propose that immediately in next one year sufficient number of regular faculties is recruited for the above colleges in Western Odisha on regular basis. As state Government claims most of the time faculties from other parts of Odisha are unwilling to serve in Kalahandi, Balangir and other region of western Odisha, therefore, regular faculties in this region should be recruited in the local level through local level tests opening the possibility for candidates from the whole state.
Unitary Universities and Autonomous Colleges
G. M. Autonomous College Sambalpur and Government Autonomous College Bhawanipatna were among first three colleges along with Raveshaw Autonomous College Cuttack chosen by UGC as “Potential Centre of Excellence” in Odisha. Ravenshaw Autonomous College was converted to a Unitary University by the state Government which helps in its growth and getting UGC funding, whereas both G. M. Autonomous College Sambalpur and Government Autonomous College Bhawanipatna are still being neglected by the state Government, these two colleges should be immediately converted to Unitary Universities. Similarly Panchayat College Bargarh, Government Autonomous College Sundergarh and Rajendra Autonomous College Balangir should be expanded to full-fledged educational institutes by opening PG courses including Computer sciences, Management, Biotechnology and Nursing.
New Central and State Government Institutions
Since Western Odisha lacks of sufficient number of higher educational institutions and opening new campuses is as expensive as establishing new institution, establishing new central and state Government institutions and upgrading present existing institutions to higher level would be beneficial for Western Odisha in general.
A branch of Central Rice Institute should come-up in Bargarh. An Indian Institute of Management should be established in Sambalpur and steel institute in Sundergarh. National University should be established in western Odisha. Along this line, keeping sentiment of Kalahandi people, the proposed National University in Bhubaneswar should be pursued with the Central Government to establish in Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi. Also, we urge you to establish the proposed Health University Balangir.
Converting to University
BPUT in Rourkela should be converted to a full-fledged science and technology University having education and research in the line of Anna University Chennai. Similarly, Agriculture College at Bhawanipatna should be converted to a full-fledged Agriculture & Animal Husbandry University. The Harishankar and Gandhamardan mountain provides adequate atmosphere to have a University for Ayurvedic and Herbal Medicine. We urgue to combine Sri Nrusinghanath Ayurvedic College, Paikmal, Bargarh and the Government Ayurvedic Colleges in Balangir and establish University of Ayurvedic and Herbal Medicine. VSS medical college should be pursued to be made an AIIMS type institution.
Institutes and Universities needs to be established in different districts of Western Odisha:
The following new institutes need to be established in Western Odisha or Koshal region on the regional basis.
-Health University in Balangir
-Government Medical College in Balangir
-National Institute of Science & Technology, Balangir
-Institute of Biotechnology, Sonepur
-Combine Sri Nrusinghanath Ayurvedic College, Paikmal, Bargarh and the Government Ayurvedic Colleges in Balangir and establish University of Ayurvedic and Herbal Medicine along the line of National Institute of Ayurveda (http://nia.nic.in/). This institute can have two campus one at Balangir and other one at Bargarh.
-A branch of Central Rice Research Institute, (http://crri.nic.in/) should be opened at Bargarh area to promote agriculture, in particular rice cultivation as the Bargarh-Sambalpur area is considered as “rice bowl” of Orissa.
– Establishing a unit of National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCB) (http://www.ncbindia.com/) along with private partners in Bargarh as this institute can have multiple units. Apart from the main center in Delhi; it has its units in Ahmadabad and Hyderabad (http://www.ncbindia.com/units.htm). Bargarh has many cement factories it will promote a lot in expanding expertise in areas like cement manufacturing and building materials.
– Odisha Institute of Management, Boudh
– Institute of Pharmacy, Boudh
– Institute of Nursing, Athamallik
-Indian Institute of Management should be established in Burla-Sambalpur- Jharsuguda region
-GM College needs to be upgraded to a unitary university.
-Jharsuguda area has lot of Industries and going to have many more in future. A Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) lab like National Environmental Engineering Research Institute(http://www.neeri.res.in/index.php) should be established in this area. This institute aims to strive providing scientific, industrial research and development that maximizes the economic & environmental and social benefit for the people.
-Branch of Institute of Forest Research should be established in Deogarh (see http://www.envfor.nic.in/icfre/icfre.html). Deogarh will be a suitable place for this location; it has dense forest with natural environment. It will be a suitable location for branch of forest research Institute. Ushakothi (Badrama) Sanctuary is also close to Deogarh.
-Up-gradation of BPUT in Rourkela along the line of ANNA University,
– Steel Institute in Sundergarh
-ESIC Medical College in Rourkela
v An Engineering College by SAIL in Sundergarh
– A National/Central University in Kalahandi
-Up-gradation of Government Autonomous College Bhawanipatna to Unitray University
-Up-gradation of Agriculture College at Bhawanipatna to a University of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry
-Government Medical College in Kalahandi
– Nursing College, Nuapda
Members of Koshal Discussion and Development Forum (KDDF) & well wishers
[Note: KDDF is forum of global people interested in development of Koshal region of Odisha in other words Western Odisha. KDDF is a non-political and non-separatist organization interested in bringing development to Western Odisha and simultaneously popularize significance of Koshal among general mass in similar spirit like for Utkala or Kalinga is done and it does not associate with separate state movement rather encourage people to be proud for their Koshal historical route.]
The following Institutes needs to be established in Western Odisha or Koshal region
- · Health University in Balangir
- · Govt. Medical College Balangir
- · National Institute of Science & Technology, Balangir
- · Institute of Biotechnology, Sonepur
- · Upgrade Shri Nrusinghanath Ayurved College & Research Institute, Bargarh by opening abranch of National Institute of Ayurveda (http://nia.nic.in/).
- · Panchayat College Bargarh should be expanded to a full-fledged educational institute byopening PG courses including Computer sciences, Management, Biotechnology and Nursing.
- · As the Bargarh-Sambalpur area is considered as “rice bowl” of Orissa, a branch of central rice research Institute, (http://crri.nic.in/) should be opened at Bargarh area to promote agriculture, in particular rice cultivation.
- · Establish a unit of National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCB) (http://www.ncbindia.com/) along with private partners in Bargarh as this institute can have multiple units. Apart from the main center in Delhi; it has its units in Ahmadabad and Hyderabad (http://www.ncbindia.com/units.htm). Bargarh has many cement factories it will promote a lot in expanding expertise in areas like cement manufacturing and building materials.
- · Indian Institute of Management should be established in Bargarh-Sambalpur-Burla-Jharsuguda
- · GM College needs to be upgraded to a unitary university.
- · The Jharsuguda area has lot of Industries and going to have many more in future. A Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) lab like National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (http://www.neeri.res.in/index.php) should be established in this area. This institute aims to strives to provide scientific, industrial research and development that maximizes the economic & environmental and social benefit for the people.
- · Odisha Institute of Management, Boudh
- · Institute of Pharmacy and Nursing, Boudh
- · A branch of Institute of Forest research should be established in Deogarh (see http://www.envfor.nic.in/icfre/icfre.html). Deogarh will be a suitable place for this location; it has dense forest with natural environment. It will be a suitable location for branch of forest research Institute. Ushakothi (Badrama) Sanctuary is also close to Deogarh.
- · Up-gradation of BPUT along the line of ANNA University,
- · Steel institute,
- · ESIC medical college
- · An engg college by SAIL
- · Govt. Medical College Kalahandi
- · A National/Central University in Kalahandi
- · Up-gradation of Government Autonomous College Bhawanipatna to Unitray University
- · Up-gradation of Agriculture College to a University of Agriculture
Work in progress…………..