14 Model Degree Colleges In Odisha’s Backward Dists, Govt College Quality Not Hit, Admissions Rising: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Replying to the Adjournment Motion moved by BJP MLA Mohan Charan Majhi in the Assembly, Odisha Higher Education Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo today refuted the allegation that the quality of education imparted in the Government-run colleges have gone down for which the strength of admission is diminishing.

The Minister informed the House that there are total 52 Government Degree Colleges in the State and the statistics of the last three years evinces increase in the strength of students seeking admissions.

Laying the data on the table, he apprised the members of the House that 21565 students took admission in 2016-17 while in 2017-18 the figure went up to 23002 and in 2018-19 it further grew up to 23946.

He also informed that the academics in all the Government Degree Colleges being advanced by means of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and Continuous Evaluation. All the Government Degree Colleges are having Career and Counselling Cell, Equal Opportunity Cell and Internal Quality Assurance Cell.

The Minister further apprised the House that the State Government has in the first phase set up eight Model Degree Colleges in the backward districts of Nayagarh, Boudh, Sonepur, Rayagada, Nuapada, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Deogarh. Rs 12 crore under the RUSA scheme has been spent on each college. Admissions to the Model Degree Colleges have started from the academic 2016-17.

He added that six more Model Degree Colleges under the RUSA scheme are to be built in the current academic year. The districts are Bolangir, Kalahandi, Koraput, Kandhamal, Gajapati and Dhenkanal.

Language Laboratory has been set up in 40 Government Colleges in order to augment Communication Skill. 51 Government Colleges have Smart Classrooms while 42 Government Colleges have Spoken Tutorial in collaboration with IIT, Mumbai. 27 Government Colleges have been under Wi-Fi coverage. All the facilities have been funded by the State Government.

Budgetary Provision is being made by the State Government for the infrastructural development of the Government Colleges.

For Lab equipment – Rs 800 lacs in 2016-17, Rs 500 lacs in 2017-18, Rs 500 lacs in 2018-19

For Remuneration to Guest Faculty – Rs 1000 lacs in 2016-17, Rs 1400 lacs in 2017-18, Rs 1500 lacs in 2018-19

For Modernisation of Quality Education – Rs 1200 lacs in 2016-17, Rs 700 lacs in 2017-18, Rs 400 lacs in 2018-19

For Strengthening of Higher Education in Odisha WB (EAP) – Rs 4075 lacs in 2016-17, Rs 3500 lacs in 2017-18, Rs 4490 lacs in 2018-19

For Construction of Govt College Buildings – Rs 7000 lacs in 2016-17, Rs 8000 lacs in 2017-18, Rs 8000 lacs in 2018-19.

All the Government Colleges are being provided with financial assistance under RUSA scheme or World Bank (WB) aid.

26 Government Colleges have been provided with Rs 2 crore each, 3 Government Colleges with Rs 4 crore each while 16 Government Colleges have been allocated with financial assistance from World Bank.

2306 posts of teachers have been created in the Government Degree Colleges. Out of the 2306 posts, 1039 posts have been filled up by PhD/NET qualified candidates selected by the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) as per the UGC guidelines.

Rest of the vacant posts have been filled up by 120 temporary lecturers and 1060 guest lecturers.

OPSC is selecting Readers as the Principals and after receipt of the full list, regular Principals will be appointed in place of in-charges.

25 Government Degree Colleges have NAAC Accreditation while rest of the Government Degree Colleges will soon be the same as being planned by the State Government.