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A three-day seminar on ‘Distribution, cultivation, conservation and use of medicinal plant’ concluded at Sri Sri Nrusinghanath Ayurveda College and Research Institute here on Sunday.
Speaking at the valedictory function, Director of All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi, Dr Abhimanyu Kumar said though Ayurveda is being promoted in foreign countries, the situation is not the same in India. He also assured to help the institute in medicinal plant research.
The programme was presided by former legislator and college president Satya Bhusan Sahu in the presence of Principal of Gopabandhu Ayurveda College, Puri, Dr KB Mohapatra, member of State Medicinal Plant Board Biswanath Hota and Bargarh CDMO Dr Jagdish Mahanand.
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).
Following report is from the Sambad:
Like any other college of western Odisha, the only Government college of Bargarh district, Panchayat College, located at Bargarh district headquarters town, also suffers from staff shortage leading to fall in education standard. There are a few departments which run without teachers.
The college has got 60 and 26 sanctioned posts in various departments for +3 and +2 wings, respectively, having Arts, Science and Commerce streams. But only 25 lecturers in +3 and 17 lecturers in +2 classes are available now and the rest of the posts are lying vacant since long in spite of repeated request from the students, guardians and senior citizens to fill them up, sources said. This has also led to students’ agitations in the past. At the same time, the college doesn’t have a permanent principal of its own over a decade now.
Situation is more precarious in important departments like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Zoology and English. The departments of Mathematics and Zoology have got one teacher each, college sources confirmed. Situation for the non-teaching staff is also in no way better. Out of total 82 non-teaching staff, 41 remain vacant — exactly 50 per cent of the strength.
“Not only have I requested the Higher Education Minister and the Secretary a number of times to fill up these posts with immediate effect, I have also raised the issue in the floor of the Assembly, but to no effect,” said MLA of Bargarh Sadhu Charan Nepak. This shows the attitude of the Government to the problems of the students and higher education as a whole in this backward region, Nepak alleged.
“I am also well aware of the problem in this only Government college of the district. But my hands are also tight. I can only ventilate the sentiment of the people to the Government,” said Bargarh District Collector BG Mishra.
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.