Saturday, November 23, 2013

BPUT to have four zonal centres by end of this year

Times of India, Nov 23, 2013
,TNN | Nov 23, 2013, 11.31 AM IST
BHUBANESWAR: Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) at Rourkela will have four zonal centres soon to make it more accessible to students and affiliated colleges. The centres will come up in Bhubaneswar, Balasore, Berhampur and Bhawanipatna.

The decision was taken at a high-level committee meeting chaired by Pratap Keshari Deb, minister, technical education and training recently, government sources said on Friday.

"The move aims at decentralizing BPUT functioning. For any grievance, examination or result related matters, students can approach the regional centres close to them instead of traveling to Rourkela for all such needs," principal secretary (technical education) Chandra Sekhar Kumar told TOI on Friday.

The government will soon issue an advisory to the university to initiate a process for setting up the zonal centres and open those by December 31, he said. With around 200 technical colleges from across the state affiliated to BPUT, it is difficult for the single centre to reach to everybody effectively.

The government has also decided that any complaint relating to charging higher capitation fee by any college, physical and mental harassment to students and parents will be addressed within seven days.

BPUT has to submit the inquiry report to the government within the given time period and follow up with students to avert repeat of any harassment. The zonal centres will help achieve such early disposal of complaints, government sources said. The government has also asked the varsity to make its grievance redressal system fully automated.

BPUT will create an auditorium, central placement cell and a teachers' training centre in Bhubaneswar utilizing its own funds. The varsity will prepare a detailed project report (DPR) forthe Bhubaneswar facility by November 30. The varsity shall coordinate with the colleges for placement of students, the sources said.

To encourage teachers digitize their lecture notes, BPUT and the government colleges would give Rs 10,000 incentive to teacher from their development funds. For continuous knowledge upgrade of faculty members, BPUT will bear expenses of faculty development programmes of one week or more duration. It would take steps for creation of a dedicated funds for faculty development, the government has decided.

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