Bhubaneswar: In a bid to strengthen higher education system in Odisha, the Higher Education Department has tightened up its belt as the requisite plans are on anvil for which a brainstorming session of the principals of all the government colleges were convened here at the Pantha Niwas chaired by the Higher Education Minister.
Threadbare discussions were held to find out the ways and means for the vital purpose.
Previously, the Minister has already held brainstorming session with all the Vice-Chancellors (VCs) of the State-run universities with the onset of the current academic session.
On the sidelines of such a significant meeting Odisha Higher Education Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo told media, “Previously we had held a meeting of the Vice-Chancellors (VCs). Today we are having a meeting of the Principals of all the government colleges in Odisha. The agenda of today’s meeting is how to strengthen our higher education system. Plans are afoot to take several steps in this regard.”
He added, “We will ask the Principals to put forth their vision for strengthening the education system. Also we are trying to find out the hindrances. We are trying to make the higher education system most active.”
“The students, teachers, guardians and the scores of educationists are involved in the education system. Hence, opinions will be sought from all in a bid to make better education system. That is being examined now. We will taking the requisite steps for achieving the goal,” the Higher Education Minister remarked.
Higher Education Additional Secretary Parthasarathi Mishra informed media, “Today’s meeting of the government college Principals is the first one of this academic session. Our achievement will be first to fill up the vacancies and initiatives of the Government have been taken. Thus, we are taking the feedback. Also our steps being taken for infrastructural development from RUSA head, State Budget and World Bank support.”
“The most important matter is our need for the feedback on the ongoing Government schemes and their successful implementation. Now we have tightened up our belt to strengthen our department as told now by the Hon’ble Minister,” he added.
He also informed, “Government has decided that 52 colleges will be having regular principals for which Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) has been requested. Bio-data of the teachers have already been desptached. Certificate verification has started since June 24. In the next two-three months, all the colleges will be having regular principals.”
To a media query, he replied, “Teachers have been directed to take minimum 25 classes and remain in the college for minimum five hours. They have been involved in many other works. They will be undertaking research activities, they are also nodal officers of various Government schemes, e-governance, admission process, some are also involved in evaluation. They are also involved in other activities whole day.”
“Biometric attendance for the teachers has been implemented. We have 52 Government colleges out of which it has already been introduced in 16 colleges with support from the World Bank,” stated the Higher Education Additional Secretary.