Thursday, April 14, 2016


The Pioneer, April 14, 2016
Again the impoverished education condition of the KBK region has been brought to the attention of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Prof Digambara Patra, a local of Kalahandi district and a faculty in the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon, in a letter to Patnaik, has sought conversion of the Government Autonomous College Bhawanipatna, the Rajendra College, Balangir and the Bikram Dev College, Jeypore to affiliated universities.
Citing the need for boosting the education sector in the KBK region and how it has been discriminated against other parts of the State, Patra said though the region accounts for 30 per cent of the geography of the State and 20 per cent of the State’s population, yet there is only one university, the Central University of Orissa (CUO) at Koraput.
Cuttack-Bhubaneswar-Khordha region has already multiple numbers of national and State institutions including IIT, NISER, IIIT, AIIMS, five State Government universities, three private universities etc. whereas Brahmapur has a host of State Government institutions and two State Government universities along with newly established IISER. National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Rourkela and IIM in
Sambalpur will boost Sambalpur-Rourkela region. This region has three State Government universities in Sambalpur and one State university in Rourkela. North Odisha has also two State universities one each in Baleswar and Baripada. However, KBK is still deficient of the number of universities and institutes it deserves, he lamented.
He reminded of the fact that four years ago the higher education task force had recommended for upgrading Government Autonomous College Bhawanipatna, Rajendra College Balangir and Bikram Dev College Jeypore to affiliated universities. He attributed the raw deal to political apathy to KBK region and urged the Chief Minister for appropriate steps in this regard.

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