Bhubaneswar: Targeting to improve quality of higher education and strengthen the education system in the State, the Odisha government on Monday decided to upgrade Bolangir based Rajendra University and Bhawanipatna based Kalahandi University to affiliated universities.
These universities currently hold unitary university status.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved a proposal of the Higher Education department in this regard on Monday, said an official press issued here today.
Earlier, Government Autonomous College Bhawanipatna and Rajendra Government Autonomous College were accorded unitary university status on March 6 and 2 this year respectively.
Following the order about 65 colleges affiliated to Sambalpur University in Bolangir and Subarnapur districts will come under the jurisdiction of Rajendra University. Currently, as many as 240 colleges are affiliated to Sambalpur University. As a result of this order workload of Sambalpur University will be reduced and its efficiency will improve.
Similarly, with upgradation of Kalahandi University to affiliated university about 50 colleges in Kalahandi and Nuapada will come under its jurisdiction. Presently, these colleges are under Sambalpur University.
It’s worthwhile to mention here that Rajendra College, the forerunner of Rajendra University was established in 1944 and Government Autonomous College Bhawanipatna was established in 1960.