High-level meeting on the implementation of the amended Odisha Universities Act
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BHUBANESWAR: Amid the opposition of academics and political parties to the 2020 Odisha Universities Amendment Ordinance, the state government held a high-level meeting on Wednesday to implement the amended provisions of the law.

During the meeting, registrars and financial controllers from 12 state public universities discussed six main topics. Saswat Mishra, Secretary of the Department of Higher Education, discussed in detail with them the implementation of the amended law.

In accordance with the amendment to the Odisha Universities Act, the recruitment of teachers from these universities will be through the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) and non-teaching entities through the State Selection Board (SSB). The representatives of the university were asked to submit an application for teaching and non-teaching positions to OPSC or SSB.

Recently, the government asked universities to end the ongoing cessation of teaching and non-teaching positions following the amendment to the Odisha Universities Act of 1989. The recruitment for these positions was previously carried out by the university authorities.

They discussed uploading exam reports from universities on their websites. “We have started uploading the examination reports for the past three years to the university’s website. We are also implementing other instructions from the department,” said a university registrar.

The department secretary has also discussed the restoration of the Syndicate, the university’s powerful body. “Following the amendment to the law, the university statutes and the manual for university accounts will also be changed. This will be done shortly,” said the registrar of another university.

The change in the law has generated a cry in the state. In addition to academics, BJP and congress leaders have also spoken out against the “Odisha Universities (Amendment) Ordinance 2020”. They argued that this proposed amendment would limit the universities’ autonomy. Student organizations also protested vehemently against this amendment.

Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has also written a letter to his cabinet colleague, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, on the same subject.

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