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Odisha: BJD, BJP in war of words over University reforms

4/09/2020 at 6:47 PM

Bhubaneswar, Sep 4: Ruling BJD today took a dig at the BJP for resorting to cheap politics over reformation of the major Universities in the state.

The State Cabinet on Wednesday has decided to bring all universities of the state under the ambit of one law. Similarly, the tenure of the Vice-Chancellors of the state universities was hiked from three to four years and their retirement age limit was extended from 65 to 67 years.

BJP has earlier alleged the state government of trying to interfere in the functioning of the universities which will eventually hamper the autonomy of these establishments.

Spokesperson of BJD, Lenin Mohanty said that these reforms will lead to better academics and research in University campuses. “University financial details were being earlier placed in State Legislative Assembly which was not accessible by all. Now the students, parents and teachers would be more aware about the University’s finances and expenditure. This will build more transparency and accountability on the University administration. Perhaps the Odisha BJP have not read about the amendments at all and for the sake of opposition have come up with some baseless allegations,” said Mohanty.

Mohanty also said that these pro-student and pro-academician steps will lead to drastic improvement in education in Universities and the Odisha BJP making such false, baseless and malicious allegations has once again exposed the extents to which they will go to oppose anything which is going to lead to the betterment of higher education, particularly students for and academicians.

“The people of Odisha have seen how the Odisha BJP has been trying to create similar obstructions in other developmental issues also. Such negative attitude of the Odisha BJP stands exposed before the people of Odisha and the students and academicians of Odisha will never forgive them for their cheap politics, especially in matters relating to education and careers of the youth.  We urge the BJP to refrain from such anti-developmental politics,” he added.

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