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State universities of India need to have greater freedom: Kapil Sibal

Following is a report from

How will innovation universities change higher education?

We have not adopted a top-down approach, ours is a bottom-up one. So far we have spoken of inclusive agenda of development, we are now thinking in terms of an inclusive education agenda. The idea is to empower institutions at the base of the pyramid. State universities are the foundation of higher education segment. State universities need to have greater freedom so confirm to realities of 21st century. The Centre is willing to give a helping hand.

Is that all required to improve institutions?

There is proposal to help state universities, which make up bulk of higher education segment. The Centre can help by giving more funds to strengthen these universities. This would help build infrastructure and quality. But state governments need to step up and provide policy framework. This framework will give universities more freedom. UGC can make grants beyond what it already does. But state governments must allow for more freedom so that state universities can transform themselves.

Are state only expected to provide for a more liberal policy framework?

Over the years, the Centre’s share of expenditure in public education has increased, while states’ share has come down. This mismatch should be corrected.

Many institutions suggest quality can be improved with freedom in admissions policy…

There should be democracy. An institution should have the right to decide on what basis it wants to admit students. At the same time there should not be unnecessary pressure on students. So some institutes can decide to admit on the basis of Class XII results — on the basis of merit. While other institutes could admit on the basis of the national aptitude test, or look at the aptitude test as an add on. There is also the option of add on subject tests. So the class XII results determine subject knowledge, aptitude tests will assess raw intelligence, and add on tests will assess special knowledge.

So each institute can determine the basis on which they admit, rather than doing so through individual entrance tests. The idea is to reduce tests, while still giving each institute the freedom to admit students that fit in with the specific focus of the institute. Let me give an example, what is the difference between Yale and Harvard law Schools. Yale is focused on research while Harvard is more business minded, so corporate law is a focus. So in their admissions policy they would show a preference for those who fit in to their respective focus areas.

Will this make the education system more inclusive?

Right now we have entrance exams to exclude students, to keep some people out. I want to reduce stress for students, but also exclude exclusion. If we were a more mature system, I would say that interviews would be the final basis of deciding who gets admitted and who doesn’t. But we are not mature enough. Allowing for discretion would not help. So I want to put in place a system that doesn’t give space for discretion.

July 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm Leave a comment

Bhumipuja of three BPUT buildings held at Rourkela

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Bhumipujan for the Advanced Study Centre, Vice-Chancellor’s residence and Faculty House were held on the BPUT campus on the 94th birth anniversary of former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik. Those present on the occasion included Supply Minister Sarada Prasad Nayak as the chief guest, Raghunathpali MLA Subrat Tarai, BPUT VC Jitendra Nath Satpathy, Rourkela ADM Sushil Kumar Das, Rourkela SP Diptesh Pattnaik and Municipality chairperson Rashmibala Mishra as other guests on Thursday.

The Supply Minister thanked Naveen Patnaik for setting up the BPUT at Rourkela despite pressures and lobby to set it up in coastal Odisha. He urged the private technical institutions to be lenient and honest in imparting education to the poor students.

BPUT VC stressed on quality education citing the example of the US pattern of professional education and urged the institutions to be prepared for the challenge.

It would be only possible when quality faculty with good salary and perks are engaged in an institution, the VC observed urging further co-operation from all to make BPUT of an international repute.

Former President APJ Abul Kalam had laid the foundation stone of BPUT main building in 2003 and so far 60 per cent of the work has been completed.

March 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

Prof. J.K. Satapathy appointed as Vice-chancellor of Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Rourkela

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Respected/Dear Alumni,

It is my pride and great pleasure to inform you that Prof. J.K. Satapathy of NIT Rourkela( Our distinguished Alumnus) has been appointed as honorable Vice-chancellor of Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Rourkela. Prof. Satpathy is the First Class First( Gold Medalist) in his batch and holds a PhD from University of Bradford UK.

Let’s Congratulate Prof. Satpathy on behalf of our Alumni Association.

U can mail him at

with best complements

Rakesh Mohanty
Secretary, VSSUT Alumni Association
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JK Satapathy is new BPUT VC: The Pioneer

Governor and Chancellor of universities MC Bhandare on Friday appointed Jitendriya Kumar Satapathy as the new vice-chancellor of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT). His appointment is for a period of five years from the date of his joining.

Satapathy is currently the Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela. Born in 1954, Prof Satapathy topped his batch in 1976 in BSc (Eng) with 85.8 per cent marks. He then completed his MSc (Eng) in 1981 with specialisation in Electric Power. In 1988, he got his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bradford, UK.

For presenting research papers and academic works, Satapathy has visited the UK, the USA, Singapore, Japan and Australia. He has also worked as guest and invited faculty for foreign universities. His fields of specialisation include power systems, power electronics and drives, harmonic interaction in power systems, digital protection, digital signal processing, digital channel equalisation and system identification. He has been associated with 43 publications and authored popular books.

January 22, 2010 at 6:42 pm Leave a comment

Prof Tripathy assumes charge as Biju Patnaik University of Technology’s VC

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Professor Deba Kumar Tripathy has taken over as the Vice-Chancellor of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) from Professor Omkar Nath Mohanty with effect form Monday. Prof Tripathy, who is the Vice-Chancellor of the Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), Burla, will be the acting Vice-Chancellor of the BPUT till a regular incumbent takes over.

Tripathy has vast experience in administration of educational institutions. Before moving to the VSSUT, he had earned laurels as the Director of the well-known National Institute of Technology at Warrangal. He also discharged with efficiency the responsibilities of the Dean of Students Affairs at the IIT Kharagpur, Senate member of the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela and Jamshedpur and Syndicate member of the North Odisha University, Baripada. He has also worked as the head of many prominent bodies like the Institute of Engineers, Kharagpur.

He has a rich teaching experience which includes six months at the North London Polytechnic, 25 years at the IIT, Kharagpur and 13 years at the NIT, Rourkela. He completed his Mechanical Engineering course in 1968 from NIT Rourkela, MTech from IIT, Kharagpur in Production Science and Technology and PhD in Extrusion Forming from IIT, Kharagpur. He is an acknowledged expert in all aspects of rubber engineering. He has many fellowships and more than a hundred research papers published in national and international journals to his credit.

Tripathy is also the chairman of the committee conducting Joint Entrance Examination in Odisha in 2010.

January 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) must stay at Sundergarh district

  • Various eminent persons of Odisha and NROs earlier advocated having a temporary campus of CU, Koraput  at BBSR. Such advices and approaches are creating divisiveness and dangerous for Odisha and India. They can see clearly the consequences of having a temporary campus of a proposed Institution at BBSR. For the creation of a good Institute there are needs of various things viz. some dedicated educationalists, some time and funds. For making a good Institute we do not need to have a campus of the proposed Institute at the capital area.
  • The BPUT must stay at Rourkela of Sundergarh district. BPUT Rourkela, VSSUT Burla, and NIT Rourkela should spread their tentacles in the western Odisha and other backward districts of Odisha as they lacks of higher educational Institutions. This approach is very much needed for the  sustainable growth of Odisha. Therefore, BPUT must stay at Sundergarh district.


Following is a report from the pioneer:

In a Press brief here, the Rourkela Vikash Manch (RVM) convener Suresh Pradhan condemned the move of the engineering students who were demanding shifting of Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) to Bhubaneswar.

Pradhan alleged that it is a State-sponsored agitation and the innocent students are being used as scapegoats. He said that for years together it has been urged to run the full-fledged office of the BPUT at Rourkela but due to the conspiracy of the top-brass of the BPUT, owners of some engineering colleges based in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, politicians and bureaucrats it has not been executed till now. Even due to their conspiracy, the construction work of the University building is delayed for years together.

It may be mentioned here that after the enactment of an Act in Orissa Assembly in June 2002, the BPUT was established with its headquarters at Rourkela.

Accordingly, the then President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam had laid the foundation stone of the University building at Rourkela in the presence of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the then Governor of Odisha. The university office started running in a makeshift building of UGIE, Rourkela. But unfortunately none of the top brass is sitting over here which is raising eyebrows from all quarters. Apprehending conspiracy to shift it to Bhubaneswar permanently, protests and agitations have been witnessed here on many occasions.

When the Vice-Chancellor of the university comes to Rourkela by chance, in order to avoid public resentment he assures beforehand that very soon all the officers of BPUT would be sitting here and holding their offices. Not only this, the treasury bench leaders of Rourkela instead of taking stringent steps to bring all the top brass of the University to run their offices here just prefer to assure the innocent public of Rourkela not to be apprehensive as everything will be alright very soon.

Enough is enough. So, without making further delay the Government should ask the top brass of the University to continue their offices at Rourkela at the earliest and steps should be taken for early completion of the construction work otherwise the Rourkelites will be compelled to come to the street to protest against the apathetic attitude of the State Government to Rourkela.

November 13, 2009 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

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