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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Kalahandi has been neglected for a Central University

Education in Kalahandi: Towards development, June 25, 2009
CJ: Bikram Panda

Kalahandi has been neglected both by the Central and the state government many time. The Central University is a much needed platform to be set up in Kalahandi..

KALAHANDI IS in news for wrong reasons since the 80's. Lots of things have changed in this two decades. The present Kalahandi has grown in terms of education, culture, tradition, industry wise,power generation, farming, mining, etc. From the current research through internet/web a report has been prepared as below:-

1) There are more then 1000 plus software engineers working in Bangalore from Kalahandi, aged between 25 to 30

2) Kalahandi's Government Autonomous College at Bhawanipatna has a good track record. Every year, 2-3 students have made it to the top 10 in the Orissa CHSE level in all the streams like Science, Arts and Commerce.

3) Every year, 2-3 people are joining IIT / BITS from Kalahandi.

4) Kalahandi has 200 plus NRIs working at different places across the world

5) Every year more then 200 students are join courses in engineering or MBA or MCA.

This statistics shows the current development across Kalahandi, which needs to be accelerated. If the Central University is set up in Kalahandi, it would be a great source to accelerate the development amongst students of Kalahandi and the surrounding areas.

Various online news that politicians, bureaucrats and NRIs are trying their best for setting up a Central University in Kalahandi. Not much is know about how and when the request was put up and why the Government failed to execute the request. Hopefully, the state run by Navin Government and the Central UPA government can fulfill the request.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Bhupinder Singh enquired whether an all party delegation from Kalahandi had met the chief minister and staked claim for the Central University

Committee to visit University site in Koraput
The Statesman, June 13, 2009

Statesman News Service
BHUBANESWAR, 12 JUNE: A site selection committee headed by Mr S Kumar, joint secretary of human resource development ministry, is to visit Koraput to inspect the proposed site for the establishment of a Central University.

The team is expected to arrive on 14 June. An area of over 575 acres has been identified for the establishment. It is close to the town railway line and National Highway, noted higher education minister, Mr DP Mishra.
The site fulfills most of the requirements for setting up the University, he said while informing about schools, hospitals, air strips and telecommunication network in the vicinity.

Replying to questions in the Assembly, Mr Mishra said the Central University was one of the 14 of its kind announced by the Government of India. He added that a separate 700 acres of land near Banki had also been selected for establishing another University.
A member, Mr Jitu Patnaik of Keonjhar district wanted to know why a tribal dominated district like his was deprived of a varsity, while leader of Opposition, Mr Bhupinder Singh enquired whether an all party delegation from Kalahandi had met the chief minister and staked claim for the Central University.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bhupinder Singh questioned on location of Central University!

World class varsity land identified, June 11, 2009

The Orissa Government has identified a patch of 700 acre plus land at Talabasta in Banki Sub-division of Cuttack district for the proposed World Class University.

Debi Prasad Mishra, Minister Higher Education has revealed in the Orissa House on 11 June here.

Replaying to a question Mr.Mishra said that the State Government has informed the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in this regard.

The land is free from litigations and it was also near to the Capital.

The River Mahanadi at the backdrop, makes the place a picturesque one, said he.

“We have asked MHRD to send their site selection team to finalize the site”, said Mr.Mishra.

He informed the Assembly that a team headed by Sunil Kumar is visiting Koraput to finalize the site for the proposed Central University on 14 June.

A five-member team will inspect the 500 plus acre land near Koraput township for setting up the varsity.

Minister said that the identified place is well connected with rail and roads.

Schools, hospitals and other social infrastructures are available in the nearby places, so that faculty and staff will not face any problem to fulfill basic requirements of their children and family members.

He said the State Government is extending all out support to run the Central University in a rented accommodation till the construction of the varsity is over.

Minister informed the House that till date only Vice Chancellor has been appointed and now process is on to rope in staff.

VC is also making efforts to appoint faculty members for the varsity, said Mr.Mishra.

He hoped that this initiative of the MHRD will improve access of the students of KBK region to quality education.

Bhupinder Singh, Leader of Opposition said that the Central University was to be set up at Bhawanipatna as per promise of the Chief Minister.

Naveen Patnaik had promised to a delegation of Kalahandi to set up the varsity at Kalahandi.

Then why the Government did change it to Koraput, creating frustration among the educated masses of Kalahandi, lamented Mr.Singh.

Minister feigned ignorance about the said meeting and CM’s promise over the issue.

Prasad Harichandan wanted to know when the World class university will come up in the state.

Minister blamed it on Centre, saying MHRD is yet to reply back the State Government in this regard.

Sources said MHRD is still non-commital over the matter and nothing has been given in concrete terms to the Government of Orissa by MHRD, except the announcement.

if at all a second campus is to be opened it should start at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi

Central Varsity to be set up in Koraput only

The Pioneer, 9th May, 2009

PNS Bhubaneswar

Succumbing to the tremendous pressure from the intelligentsia of the State, Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Orissa (CUO) Prof Surabhi Banerjee has changed her stance. She said here on Thursday that the campus of the new university would be opened at Koraput only. Prof Banerjee met Naveen Patnaik here to apprise him of the developments on the university. Clearly defensive, she said the campus would be opened at Koraput and classes would start in August. In next June and July, the process would be on to arrange facility for classes and faculty, she said over her mobile. During the meeting with Chief Minister, she made it clear that the campus would be established at Koraput. She said there seemed to be some misgivings about a second campus in Bhubaneswar. All-out efforts are being made to start the campus at Koraput, she added. When Prof Banerjee’s move to set up a second campus first in the capital city was exposed in the media, a leading non-resident Oriya (NRO), Sandip Dasverma, questioned the decision in strong terms. Outraged over the decision, he demanded action against the people behind the move. NROs, led by Digamabara Patra, created huge stir at both State and at national levels. Prof Patra wrote letters on the issue to the Prime Minister, Union Human Resources Development Minister and State Chief Minister. More than 100 students, teachers, educationists and members of the civil society demanded immediate action in this regard by sending e-mails. All of them demanded that if at all a second campus is to be opened it should start at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi. The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) was flooded with e-mails from all parts of the world, and the mandarins were worried over the matter. Principal Secretary to CM, Bijay Kumar Patnaik, took up the matter seriously. And Prof Banerjee was summoned to clarify the factual position. Secretary of the Higher Education Department Madhu Sudan Padhi did not buy the idea of a second campus of the CUO in Bhubaneswar before starting the original campus at Koraput. He asked Prof Banerjee to make arrangements for the campus at Koraput. And sources said some buildings have been located for starting the original campus at Koraput.

NROs rue plan for second Central varsity campus in Bhubaneswar

The Pioneer, April 30, 2009
PNS | Bhawanipatna

Non-resident Oriyas (NROs) have expressed deep concern and anguish over the decision of Prof Surabhi Banerjee to set up a Second Campus of the Central University of Orissa (CUO) at Bhubaneswar.

They said that there was no need for opening a Second Campus in the Capital city as Bhubaneswar is hosting many national institutions like IIT, NISER, AIIMS and National University Bhubaneswar (NUB).

NROs like Prof Digambara Patra and others have flooded the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) with e-mails demanding immediate intervention. Professor Patra, who teaches Chemistry in the American University of Beirut, alleged that the first Vice-Chancellor of CUO is more interested in her own personal convenience. He has alleged that Prof Banerjee is in no mood to move to Koraput due to lack of facilities like airport and modern health care units. Many of us have been working hard to establish a Central University in the KBK region for the past five years keeping backwardness of KBK region in mind, but this is really disappointing, he rued.

People of Kalahandi have been struggling for a Central University for the past two decades for which the Chief Minister of Orissa promised to establish a Central University in Kalahandi in May 2008, said Lily Behera from Texas, US. Though it was expected that the proposed new Central University of Orissa will come up at Bhawanipatna as it meets all infrastructure cited by MHRD and is centrally located in KBK, Naveen Patnaik later decided to shift it to Koraput keeping political advantage in mind, she alleged.

Earlier, many petitions were given to the Prime Minister praying for justice towards the injustice caused by the Chief Minister of Orissa to the people of Kalahandi which are still pending, said Lingaraj Patra from Tokyo, Japan.

In the past couple of years, the State Government has proposed the Central Government to establish a CUO at Koraput, a branch of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU) in Phulbani and an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Berhampur, all of them in South Orissa, said Atmaram Thakur. But no national institution has been proposed in the Western Orissa region during this period, he lamented.

It would be wise to establish a new campus of CUO in those regions of the State which are backward and needs attention in higher education in Western Orissa, and not in Bhuabneswar region, which is already hosting many similar establishments of high repute, said Maitreyee Behera.

By proposing a second campus of CUO in a rented house in Bhubaneswar, the VC is diluting the importance of its establishment in the backward KBK, alleged Ramakanta Acharya.

All of them are strongly opposing the move adding that in case of a second campus of CUO, it should be established in Bhawanipatna.

Move afoot to deprive Koraput of Central varsity

The Pioneer, April 28, 2009

PNS | Bhubaneswar

It is now the turn of officials to play with the fate of the much-awaited Central University in Koraput district, for which the Union Government had taken a lot of time to give its sanction.

Though it was expected that the proposed university would come up at Bhawanipatna, the district headquarters of Kalahandi, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik decided to establish it in Koraput.

That was only keeping poll-eve political advantage in sight. And the Centre, after a lot of noise, sanctioned Rs 1.20 crore for the Central University in Koraput.

However, now the officials of the Union Government do not appear to be in a mood to go to this tribal-dominated district. The reason is lack of facilities like airport and modern healthcare units.

Prof Surabhi Banerjee, who has been appointed as the first Vice-Chancellor of the Central University, is reportedly not ready to move to Koraput. Sources said the VC has been persuading the State Government officials to open a temporary campus of the university in the capital of the State.

The newly-formed Central University’s authorities argue that the academic activities could begin from a temporary campus in Bhubaneswar till sufficient buildings are constructed in Koraput.

It may be mentioned here that by the time the building will be ready Prof Banerjee’s term will come to an end. This is despite the fact that the credit of being the first VC of the university at Koraput goes to her.

Prof Banerjee’s attempt to open a temporary campus is, however, not supported by many in the State. The authorities can find a suitable place for running the temporary campus in Koraput itself, they argue.

Though Koraput does not have air link, it is well-connected with rail line. Therefore, the students and faculty should have no communication problem. Koraput is the major district in the poor KBK region and it would be literally deprived of getting a Central University even though it has been sanctioned by the Centre.