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Odisha among bottom three states in governance: PAC

BHUBANESWAR: Despite political stability for past around two decades, Odisha continues to remain among the bottom three states on quality of governance, a latest survey of think-tank Public Affairs Centre (PAC), Bengaluru shows.

The PAC’s public affairs index (PAI) published on Friday ranks the state 16th, just above Jharkhand (17th) and Bihar (18th), among the 18 large states. The state comes 27th if all Indian 30 states are considered together. Kerala tops the list.

The state’s rank was 15th among 17 large states in 2016 when Telangana was not considered a separate state. So, the state’s position effectively remains the same third from bottom. The overall rank continues to be 27th this time too, raising a question mark on governance of the Naveen Patnaik regime, which is in power for fourth term in a row since 2000.

The PAC has measured the states on 11 various criteria of governance. Odisha has been ranked the last (30th) in crime and law and order, slipping from its 23rd position last year.

The survey says it has considered rapes, murders, dowry and custodial deaths, police firing, police personnel per 10 lakh population and percentage of women police among the total cops in preparing the index. The state witnessed 2144 rapes and 1328 murders in 2016.

“As the minister in-charge of home department, Naveen is responsible for law and order, an area in which the state is on the bottom among all Indian states. It’s deplorable,” said leader of opposition Narasingha Mishra.

The state also fared badly in delivery of justice (ranked 26th) in which factors such as pendency of court cases, number of under-trials and vacancies in courts were considered. More than 12 lakh cases are pending in various courts in the state including around 1.68 lakh cases in the Orissa high court, official sources said.

BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma said the survey only reflect the BJP’s oft repeated allegation of total governance collapse in the state.

BJD spokesperson Samir Ranjan Dash said irrespective of the findings of the survey, the governance in Odisha under Naveen has emerged as a model for others. Many schemes of Odisha such as Mamata, a direct cash benefit scheme for pregnant women was replicated by the Centre. Many other states have opened subsidized cooked meal outlets following Odisha. “I don’t think governance here is bad. Except for Maoists problem, I don’t think the law and order is overall bad,” Dash said.

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June 18, 2017 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

Four private universities in the pipeline

Following report is from the Sambad:

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February 23, 2017 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

Birla Global University Bill passed in Odisha Assembly

Following is a report from the IE:

Amidst a walk out and protest by Congress and BJP members, the Odisha Assembly today passed the Birla Global University, Odisha, Bill – 2015.

The Bill, which was introduced by state Higher Education Minister Pradeep Kumar Panigrahi, was passed in absence of opposition Congress members who protested rejection of some of their amendments.

“The objective of the bill is to impart quality education in the state through the Kolkata-based Birla Academy of Art
and Culture, a non-profit making trust registered under the Indian Trust Act, 1982,” Panigrahi said.

Stating that academic activities in the proposed university would start in two years, the Minister said the
institute would become a private self-financed unitary university in the state.

There would be seven schools like management, architecture and planning, social science and humanities, law,
natural science, marine science, and communication to function under the Birla Global University, Panigrahi said.

The state government has already provided 29.4 acres to Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH) at
Gothapatna, Bhubaneswar and the promoters have created physical infrastructure to set up the institute, Panigrahi
said, adding the proposed university would be run by a board of governors, board of management, academic council and finance committee.

December 11, 2015 at 8:22 am Leave a comment

Odisha to set up open university at Sambalpur

Following is a report from the ET:

BHUBANESWAR: In an apparent bid to pacify the ongoing agitation demanding establishment of an IIM in western Odisha, the state government today announced setting up an open university at Sambalpur.

The announcement in this regard was made by Higher Education Minister Pradeep Panigrahi in the assembly today.

“The proposed open university at Sambalpur will be first of its kind in the state. Therefore, its impact and jurisdiction will be vast,” Panigrahi said.

Panigrahi said, “The state government has already made provision of Rs 35 crore for establishment and infrastructure of the proposed open university.”

Besides contributing to progress of higher education, the open university would facilitate distance education, continuous training and research for students and teachers.

The open university would also help a large number of students, drop-outs and provide need-based quality education in the backward and tribal-dominated districts of the state, Panigrahi said.

He said the varsity at Sambalpur also reflected the state government’s steps to eradicate regional imbalance in Odisha.

The people of western Odisha, particularly the residents of Sambalpur have been agitating since a long time demanding establishment of the proposed IIM for the state in their region. However, the state government decided to locate the proposed IIM in Bhubaneswar which led to intensification of agitation in Sambalpur.

December 2, 2014 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

Odia and English Language

Following article from the Samaja:

I guess Karabara babu has hit the right target. While I agree with some of the points raised by Dr. Patnaik; like his previous articles this article is also very emotional.

 -It is worth noting that, now he is preaching about dialect and language. Now, Dr. Patnaik says, each language is a dialect and each dialect is a language. If this is the case, why there is a Kosli language phobia?

-He writes mother tongue should be the medium of instruction in the primary school level. In this context, will Kosli language be the medium of instruction in the western Odisha?

-First he says, he is not against English and then he says he is opposed to the learning of English language from the first standard. Here, Dr Patnaik is talking like oxymoron. He is self contradicting.

In my view, the kids should practice English, Hindi and mother tongue from the first standard itself. Some Shishu Mandir kids are doing that. So that, later they will not pronounce Kyat for Cat, Ryat for Rat, Fiyat for Fat etc etc. Learning a language is much easier in the childhood.  Why should kids wait until 6th standard to learn Hindi and English? Just because Dr Patnaik learned English from 6th standard that does not mean all the kids will follow him. This is typical language fundamentalist thinking. In the past decades many things have changed. Therefore, it is not a good idea to impose the age-old thinking on Face book kids.

May 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

45,000 teacher posts vacant in Odisha: Sikhyak Mahasangh

Following is a report from express-buzz:

BHUBANESWAR: Even as the State Government has been able to arrest the high dropout rate of schoolchildren, it has failed to fill up the huge vacancy of teachers at  primary level.

 While the Government claimed that nearly 35,000 teacher posts are lying vacant at primary level, sources in Sikhyak Mahasangh said that the number would be more than 45,000. With many primary schools reeling under shortage of teachers, the existing teachers are shouldering the extra burden. Apart from trained teachers, there is shortage of headmasters and headmistresses too.   Sources in the All Utkal Primary School Federation said more than 21,000 schools do not have headmaster/headmistress and there are many single teacher schools in many districts. A high-level meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, decided in December last year to recruit 17,543 sikhya sahayaks. Necessary instruction was issued to the district collectors to go for recruitment in a transparent manner. Though advertisements were issued and applications received, recruitment of teachers was stalled without any reason.

Sarva Sikhya Abhijan (SSA), a flagship programme of the Centre for universalisation of elementary education, was launched in 2001 with an objective to provide education to children in the age group of 6-14 in a time-bound manner.  The other aim of the programme was to retain all the school-going children by 2010. The State has no doubt made a significant achievement by reducing the  dropout rate from a high of 52.41 per cent in 2002-03 to 3.1 per cent in 2011-12. The number of out- of-school children came down from 10 lakh to 0.31 lakh during the same period. Besides, gender gap in primary enrolment has  narrowed down. Meanwhile, the State Government has decided to open more schools in tribal sub-plan area so as to provide schooling to children near their villages and hamlets. If necessary, norms regarding number of children, required for opening a school, will be relaxed for tribal areas having inadequate communication infrastructure, official sources said.

Under the annual action plan for 2012-13, a budgetary provision of ` 3,679 crore has been made in which SSA component is around  ` 3,571 crore, National Programme for Education of Girls at Elementary Level (NPEGEL) accounts for ` 18 crore and Kasturaba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) component is ` 89 crore. While the Centre is sharing the bulk of expenditure under SSA, the State Government should have no problem in filling up the vacant posts, said a functionary of the teachers’ federation.

April 17, 2012 at 2:12 am 1 comment

Learning Hindi, English and state language should be given equal importance in schools

I am surprised by this writing (See the following report from the Sambad). Educated people are speaking and writing in Hindi and English because these are global languages. Learning Hindi and English will get them a job. Odia MPs can not debate in parliament because of their poor command in Hindi and English.  There is no harm in learning Hindi and English. It seems Natabara babu is worried because of globalization. May I ask, is Natabara babu teaching his children only in Odia? It may hurt people like Natabara babu; but in my opinion inIndiaevery state should make Hindi and English compulsory along with their state language.

February 1, 2012 at 9:19 am 1 comment

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