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CUO accepts most of students’ demands

Statesman News Service | Koraput |

The Central University Odisha which witnessed student unrest resulting in declaration of sine die on Thursday said most of the academic and hostel demands of the students have been accepted by way a fruitful dialogue with the student community.

While noting at the financial constraints, the CUO release said it was confident that collectively we can keep the unfortunate incidents of the past behind and continue our march ahead to take the university to greater heights.

The university’s appropriate committee is reviewing the progress made. We are hopeful of opening the university soon with the fulfillment of student’s needs/demands.

The Central University of Orissa, Koraput, Vice Chancellor has made tireless efforts over two and half years (after his joining) before the Ministry and the University Grants Commission for the swift release of around Rs. 320 crore for the construction of five academic blocks, an Administrative block, shopping complex, faculty and staff quarters, auditorium, cafeteria, sports complex and other essential infrastructure.

Unfortunately, these appeals and efforts have not succeeded. The matter is still lying with the Ed Cil/MHRD and the UGC. In a meeting of the Central university Vice Chancellors, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Vice Chancellor, CUO, Prof. Sachidanada Mohanty on 6 January 2018, had pleaded for a special package for universities like the CUO, located at backward regions.

Similarly, the CUO is unable to advertise new faculty positions because of the deadlock over the roaster system of reservation in faculty selection due to the Allahabad and Supreme Court orders.

The university is yet to receive a conclusive clearance from the UGC in this regard. The CUO recognises the students’ grievances and regret the closure of the university due to recent unfortunate incidents.

It appealed to the student community not to be misled by false propaganda, vested interests, and refrain from activities that are contrary to the rule of law on campus.

With the above infrastructure proposals pending at the Ministry level, the university has decided to address the needs/demands of the students and do its best based on its own meagre resources.