Most of the private universities have applied to the minister for new courses in regular subjects in the fields of science, art and commerce, and management. They have also urged the department to increase the number of places in regular courses in order to enroll more students in their colleges.
The Minister will hear his appeal petition on August 28th and 31st respectively and adopt the decision after hearing his views. The representative of the universities or the lawyer of the institutions can attend the hearing and present their views.
Prasant Rout, director of the Raja Madhusudan Dev Degree College of Science and Education, Patia, said his college had asked the department to allow the beginning of two subjects – computer science and home science. “We will urge the minister to increase the number of seats in science subjects,” he added.
Rout said they had developed a new computer science lab to begin this new course. “Students can sign up for this course by paying less money compared to other private colleges. We have faculty members who teach, train and guide the students,” he added.
Recently, the Department of Higher Education had directed school principals and state-sponsored colleges to ensure that regular subjects were charged equal fees. Currently, some colleges charge two types of regular subject fees.